Hearing Loss Questionnaire Result: It is unlikely you have a hearing loss

Given your response to the questionnaire, it is unlikely that you have a hearing loss. If you would still like to have your hearing evaluated, talk to your primary care physician or any of our Audilogy clinics.
Hearing damage is related to two things: loudness and length of exposure.
So how loud is too loud? Anything above 85 decibels is considered damaging to the ear. (Leafblowers, rock concerts and cranked-up iPods all top out over 100 decibels.) On a more practical level, if you have to raise your voice or shout to be heard, the noise you're being exposed to may be harmful.
Warning signs include:
  • A muffled feeling in your ears that goes away in a couple days
  • Or tinnitis, the constant ringing in your ear that signals temporary cochlear damage

"With limited exposure to loud noise, your ears will generally return to normal," says Dick Sauer, a UW Health audiologist. "But if the ear is exposed for too long, eventually it won't recover."


What can I do to protect my hearing?


Use hearing protection when exposed to loud noise. Earplugs are easy to use and inexpensive. They can be purchased at almost any drugstore for only a few dollars. It is a small price to pay for a lifetime of better hearing.


Custom-made hearing protection can also be ordered through an audiologist. If you are a musician or attend many concerts, musician's earplugs are available. Special earplugs can be made for hunters, dentists, even motorcycle enthusiasts. Also, remember to turn down the volume on televisions, radios and personal stereos.


More information on hearing protection is available from the certified audiologists at UW Health's adult and pediaitrc audiloogy clinics.