The first step to ensure you get appropriate hearing health care is to pay attention to your hearing. Watch for telltale signs of hearing loss. Ask yourself: ))  Do I often need people to repeat things I didn’t catch the first time? ))  Is it hard to follow the conversation with more than two people? ))  Does it seem like a lot of people mumble or sound muffled? ))  Do restaurants, crowded meeting rooms, malls, or other noisy places make it tough to follow the conversation? ))  Do I turn up the radio or TV pretty regularly to hear it better? ))  Is it harder to hear children and women? ))  Do I watch people’s faces to better understand what they’re saying? ))  Is there a frequent ringing or buzzing in my ears? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have hearing loss. For most people, hearing loss comes on gradually. They don’t even notice it until it’s likely putting a strain on their cognition and quality of life, without their even realizing it. It’s this hidden nature of hearing loss that makes it so important to stay alert to the common indicators listed above. Take note of your hearing. Only about 3 in 10adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening. (BHI) Yet, about 1 in 4 U.S. adults who report excellent to good hearing already have hearing damage. (CDC) Patients are more likely to initiate the conversation about hearing than their doctors. (BHI)