Individuals older than 45 have about a one in five chance that they have some degree of hearing loss.  That number climbs to one in three for those between the ages of 65 and 74 and about half of those aged 75 years and older.  With these statistics in mind, it may be reasonable to ask yourself a few questions:  Do words seem muffled, especially in noisy environments?  Do you strain to hear conversations?  Do you have to turn up the volume to hear the TV?  Do you have difficulty hearing people speak over the phone?  If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you owe it to yourself and those around you to have your hearing tested.