Self-Assessment Hearing

Online Hearing Test

Online Hearing Test

Do you have a hearing problem?

Test your hearing

Please note that this puretone test is for only 500, 1000, 2000, & 4000 Hz. Please call for free test of all 11 Frequencies. 

Speech is between 125Hz - 8,000Hz - Normal Hearing when born is between 20Hz and 20,000Hz, listen to see if you can hear all - BELOW.

Click go back to listen again or click "Test your Hearing" above.

Please make note of the answer that best describe the frequency with which you experience each situation or feeling below. You will be asked to tally up the score at the end of the quiz.

Answer the questions with one of the following: Almost Always, Half of the Time, Occasionally, Never.

  • I have a problem hearing on the telephone
  • I have trouble following conversation involving two or more people
  • People complain that my TV volume is too high
  • I have to strain to understand conversations
  • I miss hearing some common sounds like phones ringing or the doorbell
  • I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy place, like at a party or a restaurant.
  • I have a hard time determining where sounds come from
  • I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves
  • I have trouble understanding the speech of women and children
  • I have worked in noisy environments (factory, construction, jet engines, etc.)
  • I hear fine – people just don’t speak clearly
  • People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say
  • I make inappropriate responses to things people say because I misunderstand them
  • I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well
  • To be answered by a family member or a friend: Do you think this person has a hearing loss?

To score your test, give yourself 3 points for every “Almost Always,” 2 for every “Half of the Time,” 1 for every “Occasionally,” and 0 for every “Never.” If you have a blood relative with hearing loss, add 3 points to your score.

0-5 points:  Your hearing is fine. No action required.
6-9 points:  Suggests at least a mild hearing problem – you should seek audiologic care.
10+ points: Suggests a significant hearing problem – strongly recommend you seek audiologic care.

Questions for adult/geriatric patients regarding hearing loss:

Answer the following with either Yes, Sometimes or Never

Does a hearing problem:
  1. Cause you to feel embarrassed when you meet new people?
  2. Cause you to feel frustrated when talking to members of your family? 
  3. Cause you difficulty when someone speaks in a whisper? 
  4. Cause you to feel disabled? 
  5. Cause you difficulty when visiting friends or relatives? 
  6. Cause you to avoid going to religious or social events? 
  7. Cause arguments with family members? 
  8. Cause difficulty listening to T.V.? 
  9. Cause you to limit your personal or social life? 
  10. Cause you difficulty when in a restaurant with relatives or friends?
Tabulate the patient's score using the following scores:
YES = 4 points
SOMETIMES = 2 points
NEVER = 0 points

0-8:    No handicap
10-24:    Mild-moderate hearing disability
26-40:    Severe hearing disability

Taken from Ventry & Weinstein (1983) in Guidelines for Audiologic Screening, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Panel on Audiologic Assessment), 1997.

How old are your ears?

Please note that it is very possible to have a hearing loss in the lower frequencies and still hear the high frequencies. This video represents what generally happens to us as we age (presbycusis hearing loss), happens to almost everyone to some degree, although it tends to be more severe among men.
Speech is between 125 Hz and 8,000 Hz. Call today for your free baseline or extensive no-obligation hearing test.

Definition of Material Hearing Impairment - OSHA PELs and NIOSH RELs
The time/intensity limits comprising the OSHA PELs and NIOSH RELs are in part based on each organization’s definition of material hearing impairment and the excess risk of developing that impairment.

OSHA defines material hearing impairment as average hearing thresholds exceeding 
25 dB HL at 1k, 2k and 3k Hz, bilaterally. NIOSH uses the same definition, except that 
thresholds at 4 kHz (where the effects of noise are usually seen first and/or worst) are 
included. The inclusion of 4k Hz is an improvement over the OSHA definition; however, 
the averaging of thresholds across frequencies and ears means that significant hearing 
loss can occur before either formula labels it as hearing impairment.  A audiogram 
that reveals a mild to moderate high‑frequency hearing loss does not meet the
definition of material hearing impairment under either the 
OSHA or NIOSH standards.
Both OSHA and NIOSH definitions include 1k and 2k Hz, where NIHL is not likely to 
be seen. This has the effect of “watering down” the average loss across frequencies. 
In the presence of normal low‑to‑mid frequency hearing, there must be moderate to 
moderately‑severe high frequency hearing loss in both ears to produce a 3‑frequency 
or 4‑frequency average exceeding 25 dB. Significant hearing loss can occur before it is 
labeled as such by these definitions. 

Online Hearing Loss Simulator

Do you have a hearing problem?


Please note: this test only out to 4,000Hz,  you may have a loss at 6,000 - 8,000Hz.  

You can't recreate hearing loss simply by plugging your ears. A person with normal hearing can hear quiet, medium and loud sounds that vary from low pitch to high pitch with amazing clarity and definition.

When you have hearing loss, you often lose higher pitched sounds, like the sound of women’s and children’s voices or consonants like T, S and F. Even though you still may be able to hear strong vowel sounds such as A, E and I, speech becomes harder to comprehend.

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