A person with a hearing loss will often be less able to understand speech, particularly in noisy conditions. This is especially true for people who have a Sensorineural loss – which is the most common type of hearing loss. Speech-in-Noise tests can provide useful information about a person’s hearing ability, and can help to detect the presence of a Sensorineural hearing loss.
It could be worth taking a Speech-in-Noise test if you experience particular difficulties when trying to understand what people are saying in noisy situation. It could also be helpful if any of the following applies to you:
Although this test can provide you with valuable information about your hearing, it is not a full hearing test and is not intended to be as sensitive as the diagnostic hearing tests available at your local hospital. Occasionally, factors such as background noise, and the type of equipment that you use, can have a small impact on the outcome of the test. These tests are not designed to detect Conductive hearing losses. If you are concerned about your hearing, please visit your GP who will be able to arrange a full hearing assessment.