Lifestyle support 

Coping with Hearing Loss

If you notice signs of hearing loss:

  • Talk to your doctor.  ​

  • Reach out friends and family about your hearing loss.

  • Reduce unwanted noise sources; turn off the TV or audio player if you aren't actively listening.  

  • Be aware of noise around you that can make hearing more difficult e.g. do not sit near the  restaurant kitchen or near a band playing music.

If you have trouble hearing other people, you should:

  • Let people know you have a hearing problem.

  • Ask people to face you, speak more slowly, clearly and louder without shouting.

  • Pay attention to what is being said and to facial expressions or gestures.

  • Let the person talking know if you do not understand what he or she said.

  • Ask the person speaking to reword a sentence and try again.

  • Find a good location to listen; place yourself between the speaker and sources of noise and look for quieter places to talk.

Engage with national advocacy groups that respect your privacy 


Share your voice with FDA to contribute to medical product development

  • FDA is interested in formally engaging with you to learn about your individual experiences with  living with hearing loss, using medical products (drugs and devices) for treatment.

  • Your experience help's inform the Agency's understanding of your daily life impact and perspectives as they review new medical products for approval.  

  • Patient: Ask FDA

  • Patient engagement opportunities