Online Hearing Test Questionnaire

Use this online hearing test screening questionnaire to check your hearing and help you decide whether to get your hearing tested professionally.

Is there any way you can test your own hearing? Maybe you suspect you have a hearing problem, and you'd like to check it yourself, to help you decide whether to get a professional hearing exam.

You can find several types of hearing test online. For instance, one type of free hearing test plays tones at different frequencies and checks whether you are able to hear them. But without being able to calibrate the volume of the tones as they reach your ear and to control for background noise, these tests can't give you accurate information about the acuity of your hearing. They may be able to tell you if you have a severe hearing loss, but if that's the case you're probably already aware of it. Unfortunately they are not reliable for detecting more subtle degrees of hearing loss or other hearing problems.

Hearing Screening Questionnaire

So instead, practical screening questionnaires are often used by hearing health organizations.* These ask you questions relating to your actual experiences in everyday situations, to identify areas of difficulty and how much they affect you in your daily life.

Here is a general questionnaire offered by the US National Institutes of Health to help adults assess whether to have a professional hearing evaluation:

Answer "Yes" or "No" to each question, and count the total number of "Yes" answers.

  1. Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
  2. Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at once?
  3. Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
  4. Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
  5. Do you have trouble hearing when there is noise in the background?
  6. Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
  7. Do many people you talk to seem to mumble, or not speak clearly?
  8. Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
  9. Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
  10. Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?

If you answered "Yes" to three or more questions, you will probably want to take the next step and have your hearing professionally tested.

A hearing examination is also recommended if you hear ringing, roaring, or hissing sounds a lot, or if some ordinary sounds are painfully loud to you, or if you or your family have any concerns about your hearing ability.

No Hearing Problem?

If you are regularly exposed to hazardous levels of noise, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you have your hearing tested at least once a year, even if you aren't experiencing any noticeable hearing problem. If you have healthy ears and no hearing problems and are not exposed to hazardous noise levels, hearing testing is recommended every three years.

* National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, of the US National Institutes of Health; Better Hearing Institute

See also:
Three types of online hearing test
Where to get a professional hearing test

Hearing questionnaire courtesy of US National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

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