What to Ask: Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is not a universal aspect of aging, but it is very common among older adults and increases with age. Ten percent of adults 65-75 years old, and 25% of adults older than 75 years have hearing loss.

Here are questions you can ask your healthcare provider about hearing loss:

  1. My hearing is failing. Can you check my ears and hearing?
  2. Do I have enough wax build up to need my ears cleaned? How can I do this myself?
  3. I’ve tried cleaning my ears and still have a problem. What do I do next?
  4. Who would you recommend that I see for a hearing test?
  5. Should I see an ear doctor or an audiologist first?
  6. How will I know if I really need and would benefit from a hearing aid?