Do you have a hearing problem?
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.
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. However, feel free to call for a free "baseline" test to substantiate it.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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