Hearing Test Online | ENT NYC

Test Your Hearing

To get an idea of how well you hear, answer the following questions and then calculate your score.

To calculate your score, give yourself:

  • 3 points for every “Almost always” answer,
  • 2 points for every “Half the time” answer,
  • 1 point for every “Occasionally” answer,
  • and 0 for every “Never.”

Please note: If hearing loss runs in your family, add an additional 3 points to your overall score.

I have a problem hearing over the telephone.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

I have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

People complain that I turn the TV volume too high.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

I have to strain to understand conversations.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

I miss hearing some common sounds like the phone or doorbell ring.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background, such as at a party.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

I get confused about where sounds come from.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

I have worked in noisy environments (such as assembly lines, construction sites, or near jet engines).

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

Many people I talk to seem to mumble, or don’t speak clearly.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear I’ll make improper replies.

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

Ask a family member or friend to answer this question: Do you think this person has a hearing loss?

  • Almost always +3
  • Half the time +2
  • Occasionally +1
  • Never +0

Add it up. Now, what’s your total?

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery recommends the following:

  • 0-5 points­—Your hearing is fine. No action is required.
  • 6-9 points—Suggest you see an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist.
  • 10+ points—Strongly recommend you see an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist.

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