Health Watch -- Hearing Loss
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Dr. Angela Shoup (as in SOUP), an ear, nose and throat specialist at UT Southwestern, says some signs of mild hearing loss, which is generally in the high-frequency range, include difficulty hearing a conversation when there's background noise, difficulty hearing people from a distance or difficulty understanding dialogue in television shows and movies.
About 28 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. If a test finds that you've lost hearing, your doctor can discuss treatment options with you.
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