Test Your Knowledge

How much do you know about your ears and hearing health? Take the quiz to find out!

1. The unit used to describe the volume of sound is the _________.
2. When listened to for 8 hours or more, sound at this level can damage your hearing.
3. The frequency, or pitch, of a sound is described using this unit of measurement.
4. True or False: Hearing aids can help preserve your ability to process sound.
5. Everyone should have a baseline hearing assessment before what age?
6. This is the experience of hearing a sound in your ears, often described as a ringing or buzzing, that is not produced in your environment.
7. True or false: A hearing loss can be described as a percentage (i.e. “you have lost 50% of your hearing”).
8. Untreated hearing loss in older adults has been linked to depression, social isolation, and ___________.

Answers: 1. Decibel or dB 2. 85 dB 3. Hertz or Hz 4. True – properly fit hearing aids can keep your brain stimulated in the areas that control sound processing 5. 40 6. Tinnitus 7. False – hearing loss should be described in terms of severity (i.e. mild, moderate, severe) 8. Dementia