An estimated 35 million Americans have hearing loss but less than a fifth seek help.

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Greensboro, N.C. -- If excuse me, huh, what or can you repeat that have become a part of your everyday language, it might be time to get your ears checked.

Since May is National Hearing Month, the Good Morning Show asked Dr. Tami Ike and Dr. Brooke Miller to explain how hearing loss occurs and how to treat it.

The number of Americans who suffer from hearing loss might seem very high, but the fact remains an estimated 35 million Americans have hearing loss but less than a fifth seek help.

"It's more common than thought, affecting younger and younger people," explained Dr. Ike, an audiologist with The Hearing Clinic.

The answers to these nine questions will help you determine whether you have a hearing problem.

  1. Do you hear sounds but have trouble understanding the words?
  2. Do you have trouble understanding in noisy situations?
  3. Do you often ask people to repeat themselves?
  4. Do many people you talk to seem to mumble?
  5. Have family and/or friends mentioned that you may have hearing loss?
  6. Do you turn up the television louder than others do?
  7. Is it hard for you to hear in a restaurant?
  8. Do you have difficulty understanding conversation within a group of people?
  9. Do you have trouble hearing over the telephone?

"If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might have a hearing problem," explained Dr. Miller.

But testing is easy and available.

The Triad is leading the way in North Carolina with new technology when it comes to hearing aids explained Miller.

To see the benefits and design of each design, be sure to watch the video player included in this story.

For more information on the popular methords LYRIC, SOUNDBITE or ESTEEM, contact the Hearing Clinic, by clicking here.

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