Pop Quiz: Are you Attune to the Early Signs of Hearing Loss?

Pop Quiz: Are you Attune to the Early Signs of Hearing Loss?

Test Your Knowledge of the Different Types, Plus the Signs and Symptoms

What?  Could you repeat that, please?  If you or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss, the need to ask others to repeat themselves is something you will experience with increasing frequency.  Do you know the other warning signs of hearing loss, or even that there are different kinds of hearing loss and various treatments?  Test your knowledge when it comes to hearing loss, and help yourself or a loved one know the signs and symptoms by taking our quiz below.

  • True or False?  The chances of having hearing loss increases as we age.
  • Which of the following is NOT a symptom of hearing loss?
  1. Difficulty understanding the speech of others, especially in a noisy situation or against background noise, with a frequent need to ask others to repeat themselves.
  2. A muffling of a speaker’s own words and sounds, or needing to shout.
  3. A ringing in the ear.
  4. A need to turn up the volume of television, radio, etc.
  5. All of the above.
  • Fill-in-the-blank: There are three forms of hearing loss.  Hearing loss is either _________________, which is caused by problems with the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear and its tiny bones (the malleus, incus, and stapes), or _______________, which is caused by problems in the inner ear, also known as nerve-related hearing loss, or a combination of the two.
  1. Conductive hearing loss / sensorineural hearing loss
  2. Conducive hearing loss / sensory hearing loss
  3. Convection hearing loss / sonic hearing loss
  4. Convicted hearing loss / sensory-motor hearing loss
  5. None of the Above
  • What are the main causes of most hearing loss? (choose all that apply)
  1. Aging
  2. Head trauma
  3. Chronic exposure to loud noises
  4. Illnesses like measles
  5. All of the Above
  • True or False?  Hearing loss can cause sufferers to avoid social situations and withdraw from social activities due to the embarrassment of not being able to communicate effectively.
  • Fill-in-the-Blank: In adults age 55 to 64, ________ percent have some level of hearing loss, and in adults 65 years old and older, nearly ________ percent suffer some level of hearing loss.
  1. 10 / 20
  2. 15 / 30
  3. 25 / 50
  4. 50 / 100
  • In addition to aging and chronic exposure to loud noises, hearing loss can be caused by which of the following?
  1. Items in the ear, like a buildup of earwax, foreign bodies, fluid, etc.
  2. From illnesses, such as ear infections or allergies
  3. Physical damage and injury to the head or ear
  4. Damage to the ear from disease, certain medications, etc.
  5. All of the Above
  • True or False?  Most forms of hearing loss are treatable or reversible.
  • What should you do if your hearing loss is affecting your life?
  1. Buy an over-the-counter ear cleaning kit
  2. See your doctor about the hearing loss
  3. Continue dealing with it by asking people to speak louder or repeat themselves, turning up the volume, etc.
  4. Start using ear protective gear
  • True or False?  Cotton swabs should never be used to clean the inside of the ear canal, as they can cause damage that will result in hearing loss.
  • Which of the following is not a possible option for dealing with hearing loss?
  1. Transplant
  2. Ear cleaning
  3. Surgery
  4. Medications
  5. A Hearing aid



Information provided by The Mayo Clinic, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and Hearingloss.org.



    1. True.  Our hearing tends to worsen as we get older.
    2. C. A ringing in the ear.  This is not a symptom of hearing loss, but the rest are symptoms of hearing loss.
  • A. Conductive hearing loss / sensorineural hearing loss.
  1. A. Aging, and C.  Chronic exposure to loud noises.  These are the most common reasons for hearing loss.
  2. True.  Hearing loss can lead some to withdraw and avoid social situations that involve speaking and listening.
  3. C. 25 / 50.  One in four adults age 55 to 64 to suffer hearing loss, and nearly one in every two adults age 65 and older have some form of hearing loss.
  4. E. All of the Above.  There are numerous issues that can cause hearing loss.
  5. False.  Most hearing loss cannot be reversed.  Conductive hearing loss, which is a result of sound waves not being able to transmit through the outer or middle ear or both, is the most likely form of hearing loss that is able to be treated or reversed.
  6. B. See your doctor.  If your hearing loss is caused by something more than wax buildup, your doctor can refer you to a specialist.
  7. True.  Cotton swabs should never be placed inside the ear canal due to the damage they can cause.
  8. A. Transplant.  There are no transplants that can restore your hearing, but the rest are options for dealing with hearing loss.


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