Hearing Tests: Do I Have Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss - self assessment


Hearing Test

The following Youtube video broadcasts tones from 20Hz up to 20KHz in multiple increments. Find a good set of headphone or speakers and set the volume to a comfortable level, not too loud. Mark the frequencies that you have problem hearing and run the test with different speakers or headphones to see if you obtain different results. For each frequency, slowly increase the volume until you can hear the sound and mark the volume setting (remember to turn the volume control back down before the next frequency). Compare the results with others. This would give some indications on how your hearing compares with others.

The following hearing loss check is based on the Revised American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) five-minute hearing test. It is a means of quickly assessing if you possibly have a hearing loss requiring referral for an objective hearing test and possible hearing solution. Each question is to find out about your hearing capability under different situations.

For each question, assign a weight of 0 to 4, with 0 for strongly disagree and 4 for strongly agree. If your total score is 10 or higher, you would need a full audiological evaluation.

Five-Minute Hearing Test
Situation Score
I have a problem hearing over the telephone
I have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time
I have trouble understanding things on television
I have to strain to understand conversations
I have to worry about missing a telephone ring or doorbell
I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background such as a crowded room or restaurant
I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves
I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children
I have trouble understanding the speaker in a large room such as at a meeting or place of worship
Many people I talk to seem to mumble (or don’t speak clearly)
People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say
I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses
I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear I will reply improperly
Family members and friends have told me they think I may have a hearing loss