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Self-Test for Hearing Loss


Self-Test for Hearing Loss

You can use this self-administered test as an initial screen for yourself or your child and to find out if an audiologic (hearing) evaluation is needed.

Does my child have a hearing loss that needs to be evaluated by a professional?

If you observe any of the following behaviors or symptoms of hearing loss, you should consider having your child’s hearing evaluated further by a certified audiologist: Your child is inconsistently responding to sound.

  • Language and speech development is delayed.
  • Speech is unclear.
  • Volume is turned up high on electronic equipment (radio, TV, CD player, etc.).
  • Your child does not follow directions.
  • Your child often says, "Huh?"
  • Your child does not respond when called.

Do I have a hearing loss that needs to be evaluated by a professional?

If you answer yes to more than two of the following questions, you should have your hearing evaluated further by a certified audiologist:

  • Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
  • Do you hear better through one ear than the other when you are on the telephone?
  • Do you have trouble following the conversation with two or more people talking at the same time?
  • Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
  • Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in restaurants?
  • Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
  • Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
  • Do family members or coworkers remark about your missing what has been said?
  • Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
  • Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
  • Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
  • Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?


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