Have you ever been at a social event where everyone is gathered around telling stories and having a good time, but one member of the group keep asking everyone to repeat what was just said? If not, then you are likely the person asking others to repeat themselves. It can be frustrating not to be able to hear what is being said, but it can also be detrimental to your everyday life in various ways. There are five distinct signs that you might need to have a hearing test.

5) You laugh only when others are laughing.

Most everyone has been in a situation in which they have missed a funny joke that their friends find hilarious. However, if you find that you only laugh when others are laughing, then it might be time for a hearing test. Be sure to rule out the possibility that you just do not understand most jokes first, though.

4) You have accidently agreed to something.

Have you ever agreed to something outrageously simply because you did not hear a question? Do you often find yourself helping friends move or picking up graveyard shifts for coworkers every time their dog needs to have some quality time? Is “yeah,” your general response when you're not entirely sure what someone has said? If so, then it might be time to get your ears checked.

3) Your loved ones are often upset with you.

Do your friends and family find you insensitive and uncaring? Do they only think this because you find that phrases like, “Do I look ugly in this dress?” sound too much like, “Are you hungry for breakfast?” If so, then you might need a hearing test.

2) You are often the victim of road rage.

Does the ringing in your ears sound eerily like police sirens? Do you often find yourself slowing down and pulling over in traffic only to realize that there is not emergency vehicle in sight? Do other drivers often shout obscenities at you or send vulgar gestures your way? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then you definitely need a hearing test.

1) You do not have any idea what this article is about because someone is reading it aloud to you.

If this is the case, the schedule an appointment with your doctor right away.

As you can see, there are a number of telltale signs that you might need a hearing test. If any of these apply to you, then you should schedule your exam right away.