A couple years ago, I did one of those drug store hearing tests while waiting for my scripts to be filled. I didn't really want to do it, but the pharmacy tech talked me into it - it was a new thing they had. So, I did it and the result was "moderate hearing loss". A couple weeks later, I got a call from a company rep wanting to know if I wanted to pursue it further (read "buy hearing aids"). I said no and that was the end of that. I felt my hearing is fine and they were just trying to sell a product.
I recently bought two stethoscopes - 1 Littman II Classic SE and a cheap Sprague Rappaport. I notice I can barely hear my heart with the Littman and have to really struggle to hear it. I can easily hear it with the Sprague. I started a thread in Auscultation asking which people preferred and a lot said Littman. Some said the Sprague is louder but you can hear clearer with the Littman. Which is making me wonder why I can't hear that well with it.
Now, I'm starting to wonder if I really do have moderate hearing loss. I probably keep my tv volume higher than most would and sometimes have to get people to repeat things when on the phone. I have never really felt this was a big problem and I feel I function just fine. I certainly do not need hearing aids.
When I was younger, I had a LOT of ear infections - up until my early 20's. Could those infections affect hearing? Perhaps that is why I can't hear that well with the quieter Littman stethoscope?