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Ultimate Guide to Online Hearing Tests

Online hearing tests are a popular way to check your hearing. One of the most common questions around hearing checks is how do online hearing tests work, and how accurate is an online hearing test?

How Do Online Hearing Tests Work?

An online hearing test is a simple method to test one's hearing. In recent years, we have seen the number of online hearing tests increase significantly. They are a useful tool to help answer: do I have a hearing problem or some form of hearing loss? However, they cannot identify the cause or degree of hearing loss. Normally, when users sign in to a hearing test they are asked a number of basic questions about themselves prior to having to listen to varying tones. The core element to any online hearing test will be the levels of sounds played as results of the test will purely be based on your ability to register their sound. Once completed, the test will provide the user with a result and if necessary, a recommendation on what you should do next. It is highly recommended that a qualified individual carries out a diagnostic hearing evaluation to determine the cause, the possible treatment, and type of hearing loss present.

How Accurate is an Online Hearing Test?

The impact of hearing loss on daily life varies and our need to hear is essential. While the world has not advanced enough to overcome hearing loss, innovative tools have been developed to recognise and identify the condition. Spending a few moments, on a simple online hearing test can help identify suspected hearing impairment and indicate if further action should be taken to prevent hearing loss. The fundamentals of most online hearing tests are based on your ability to hear varying levels of sound. There are different signal-to-noise ratios in which a person generally understands speech, noise and other sounds. Online hearing tests are positioned within the greater limits of that range. People with normal hearing should be able to correctly identify sounds at mixed levels, whereas someone with potential hearing loss may struggle. Online hearing tests are as accurate as the person undertaking the test. Someone with good hearing will score highly, indicating they do not have hearing loss, whereas someone with weaker hearing may struggle and as hearing loss varies, it is difficult to categorize accuracy. There is a wide variety of causes of hearing loss, both temporary and permanent, making it impossible to establish the extent or cause of such a loss through an online test. For concerns regarding your hearing, it is best to consult a qualified audiologist or medical professional.

Freehearingtest Online Hearing Test

We have created our very own online hearing test. It is absolutely free, only takes a few minutes, and you will receive your results instantly.

You can test your hearing in the comfort of your own home in your own time. Our online hearing test is designed to help identify people who believe they may be suffering from hearing loss, encourage them to take action and prevent further damage to their hearing.

Our free hearing test should not replace regular audiometric testing from a registered hearing aid dispenser or via review with a medical professional. Your local medical practitioner can appropriately refer you if you would like a full audiological assessment.

Anybody can take a hearing test. Those who are concerned about their hearing can check their hearing with us online to see if they could be suffering from hearing loss.

If you would like to talk to someone about your hearing concerns or if you have some results you would like to have independently reviewed then we have a qualified audiologist available. You can find our audiologist details on the contacts page. We are then able, if required, to provide a wide variety of very affordable options designed to help with hearing loss; ranging from amplified items for the home in the form of extra loud phonesalarm clocks, and TV listeners to digital hearing aids.

Hearing Loss & Hearing Tests

Hearing loss can be subtle to anyone. Some may not even notice it but their family and friends usually know. If someone finds that they have been turning up the volume on the television, are told that they often speak too loudly, or they often ask others to repeat themselves (or even worse – they find that they frequently miss important words or sentences and are reluctant to respond), they may have hearing loss. Some hearing losses can be caused by certain medical conditions, some by genetic or congenital conditions, some by noise exposure and some (most) are simply age-related. Even if the cause of hearing loss is already known, an online test is unable to accurately assess the extent of any loss. This is mostly down to calibration – it is difficult to know the volume at which the test sound sources (used to establish the degree of loss) are being played by the taker. To determine if you should test your hearing, consider the following questions:

  • Do I have to watch people intently when they talk?
  • Do I miss parts of conversations over the phone?
  • Do I have trouble understanding people at social events?
  • Do I need to concentrate more when listening to a conversation?
  • Is it hard for me to admit that I have trouble hearing?
  • Do I seek to spend more time alone because I struggle to hear?
  • Do I have buzzing or ringing sounds in my ears?
  • Can I follow conversations or is it difficult because people appear to mumble?
  • Do I have to ask people to repeat what they have said?

At HearingDirect, we thoroughly recommend that anyone with concerns over their hearing should have this properly investigated and a diagnostic test carried out to establish the cause and degree of any hearing loss present.

About HearingDirect.com

HearingDirect is one of the world's leading hearing aid specialists, stocking a vast range of hearing aids, amplified phones, and accessories. Your hearing health is important to us and we produce the best advice and offer the most prominent products available to satisfy your listening needs. If you have any questions about your hearing or about our online hearing test, please do contact us and our expert team will do their best to assist you. *Please note: Our online hearing test has not been designed for use by children. Children should always be seen by a doctor and referred for full diagnostic testing if there are any concerns over their hearing.