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Michael Thelen - Doctor of Audiology
2245 South Oneida St. Appleton, WI 54915
Phone: 920-731-9611 Fax: 920-731-1950
Monday – Friday: 9am - 12pm / 1pm - 5pm
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otohealth hearing careUnderstanding Your Hearing Loss

hearing lossHow do I know if I have a hearing loss?
Hearing loss often occurs so gradually that the individual may not be aware of the problem. In fact, it is not uncommon for hearing loss to first be detected by a friend
or family member who must speak louder
or repeat themselves to be understood.

Some early signs of hearing loss?
  • Difficulty hearing people “with low voices”
  • Tinnitus-ringing or other noise in the ear(s)
  • Feeling that almost everyone mumbles and doesn’t speak clearly
  • Turning the TV or radio volume louder than others prefer
  • Difficulty understanding speech in a background of noise
  • More difficulty hearing children and women than men
  • Difficulty hearing in meetings or at public speaking events
  • Continually requesting that the speaker repeat what has been said

What should I do if I suspect I have hearing loss?
If you suspect you have a hearing loss, consult with an Audiologist.
An Audiologist is trained to identify whether a hearing loss requires medical or non-medical treatment and will refer you to the appropriate medical specialist when necessary. The Audiologist will identify, diagnose, treat and manage the communication problems caused by your hearing loss.