Posted by J. A. Grindlay on September 20, 2021
Simply put, an online hearing test comes in one of two forms: a quiz-based screening and a series of recordings with varying levels of background noise. Quizzes will tend to discuss hearing ability and general health, as well as any family history that might play a significant role in hearing loss (such as tinnitus).
Online recording-based tests tend to be more in-depth. In general, sounds will be played against background noise, and then the test will check to determine your level of understanding. It may be that a word is spoken, then you will be asked to select a photo or description that best matches it.
Naturally, any online test is no real replacement for the expertise and equipment that a trained audiologist can provide. However, they are not entirely without merit!
Although it is always highly recommended to consult with an audiologist or healthcare professional, an online test may give some indication as to whether or not you suffer from hearing loss.
The National Health Service lists the following conditions as key markers of onset hearing loss:
If you have any of the above conditions, then an online hearing test can give you some idea of whether you should pursue further diagnosis and treatment.
It’s important to ensure that before you take a test, adequate provisions are made. This is to ensure the best possible accuracy and to avoid misdiagnosis. The following simple steps can help you get better results:
Hear4U’s very own online hearing test is set for release in October! In the meantime, you can try the online test from hearing aid manufacturers Phonak here to give yourself a check-up. Always bear in mind, though, that any online will never be able to match the accuracy and meticulousness of a real test. If you’d like to book a full hearing test at one of our clinics, then simply click here today!