Is Jodie Foster losing her hearing?!

We snapped the Oscar-winning actress running errands in West Hollywood on Tuesday, and we were shocked to see her wearing a hearing aid! The 49-year-old seems a bit young to need an earpiece... we hope nothing bad happened!

It was announced Tuesday the Panic Room star signed with UTA management agency for directing, but will remain with longtime home ICM for acting. Her last directorial effort, The Beaver, was panned by critics.... but maybe she didn't listen to the criticism!