This simple test will assess your ability to understand speech in noise; a common early indicator of hearing loss is difficulty understanding what someone says to you in a noisy place. During this test, you will hear groups of three numbers spoken with a rushing noise in the background. After each group, simply enter the three numbers you heard by clicking a number pad on the screen.
You will be asked to repeat this process up to about 30 times, depending on your responses. The better you do, the more difficult the test will become! Once you have completed the test, you will be given an indication of how well you understand speech in background noise and a suggestion for the next steps to take.
You may be interested in more information about speech in noise tests.
We recommend you perform this test using loudspeakers in a quiet environment. If you do not have loudspeakers it is possible to perform the test using headphones.
More help is available to set up your computer for this test.
If you usually wear hearing aids, you should remove these before attempting the test.
This test does not cover all aspects of hearing nor is it a medical diagnosis. It cannot assess your ability to understand speech through hearing aids. If you would like a full hearing assessment, visit your GP and ask for a referral to ENT or Audiology.
This test will only test the hearing in your better ear - and this will give a good indication of your ability to hear in social situations.
We also recommend that you consult your GP if you feel your hearing is considerable worse on one side than the other.
This test will not pick up problems with your outer or middle ear (conductive hearing loss). If you are experiencing pain or discharge from your ears or feel you have a hearing loss regardless of the outcome of the test you should visit your GP.
This test has not been designed for use by children. Children should always be seen by a GP and referred for a full diagnostic test is there is any concern over their ears or hearing.
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