When we discuss hearing loss, people often shrug it off because silence is easy to ignore. It’s also easy to dismiss an inability to hear on a phone or in a crowded restaurant as being an isolated incident.

The truth is that hearing loss occurs at different levels, so not being able to hear in certain situations or environments can be a sign of hearing loss.

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Here are some questions than can help determine your hearing health and if you have a hearing deficit:

Do you often:

  • Have a problem hearing on the telephone?
  • Have trouble hearing when there is noise in the background?
  • Strain to understand a conversation?
  • Misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
  • Ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Hear a ringing, roaring or hissing sound?
  • Have trouble understanding when women or children speak?
  • Think people seem to mumble or not speak clearly?
  • Have people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?


If you answer "yes" to three or more of these questions, you could have a hearing problem and should make an appointment to have your hearing evaluated.  Contact Waterville Audiology at 207-872-0320 for a hearing test.  You could ring in the New Year enjoying the many sounds of life that you have been missing.


Dr. Becca Rancourt, AuD., CCC-A

Doctor of Audiology

Waterville Audiology