Your family often complains the TV is too loud, and most days end with a headache that won’t seem to go away. Still, you hear conversations with co-workers and loved ones just fine.\nMany people live with some level of hearing loss, and it’s often age-related. Because hearing loss tends to occur gradually over time, many people fail to recognize the symptoms \u2014 and may not make an appointment to have their hearing tested.\nLearn more about how you can identify the signs of hearing loss\u2014and benefit from having your hearing tested.\nSigns and Symptoms of Hearing Loss\nNo two people are the same or experience hearing loss at the same rate. Different diseases can affect your hearing, including diabetes or high blood pressure. Exposure to loud noises is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Head trauma can also contribute to hearing loss.\nIf any of these signs are familiar, it may be time to get your hearing tested.\n\nYou ask those around you to repeat themselves on a regular basis.\nYou have difficulty understanding and keeping track of group conversations.\nYou’re unable to understand someone in the other room or on the phone if you cannot see their face.\nYou avoid social settings because they’re too stressful or leave you with a headache.\n\nAnother possible sign of hearing loss is a frequent ringing in your ears, also known as tinnitus. In some cases, this can be an indication of hearing loss and calls for a hearing test.\nWhy Adults Resist Hearing Tests\n“I can hear you just fine right now.”\n“My friend had a bad experience, so I promised never to go.”\nSound familiar?\nExcuses abound when it comes to avoiding a hearing test or wearing a hearing aid. One of the most common reasons many do not test their hearing is the belief that their hearing loss is not significant enough to benefit from help. Below are a few examples why some adults avoid having their hearing tested.\n\nThey assume insurance will not cover the test or required hearing aid, or that a hearing aid itself is too expensive.\nThey don’t realize they have hearing loss because it occurred gradually. Many people adapt to their impaired level of hearing without realizing.\nUnwillingness to admit to hearing loss. Some adults incorrectly view a hearing test or wearing a hearing aid as a sign of weakness or aging denial.\nMany avoid a hearing test as it would provide proof of a hearing loss they may be aware of, yet\nare unwilling to receive help for.\nAppearance. If test results indicate the need for a hearing aid, some do not want to wear it, as they believe wearing hearing aids will affect their appearance. With new technology, however, many hearing aids are so small they are not noticeable to others.\n\nBenefits of Taking a Hearing Test\nIf you have a form of hearing loss, with the help of an assistive listening device such as a hearing aid, your quality of life can dramatically increase.\nJust a few of the benefits of finding a solution for hearing loss include:\n\nA more keen ability to understand what is said in conversation, even in large groups.\nLess general tiredness and headaches, because you will not have to strain to hear conversations.\nImproved confidence and more desire to socialize.\n\nHearing tests can take place in many locations such as a doctor’s office or hearing lab, and by a speech therapist\u00a0or audiologist.\nLearn more about having your hearing tested\nTo find out more about hearing loss and tests visit Hearing and Balance Services at UPMC or make an appointment for a hearing test directly by contacting the UPMC Center for Audiology and Hearing Aids at (412) 647-2030.