Localisation screening test

This test will tell you how well you are able to tell where sounds are coming from. This is often referred to as sound localisation. As hearing is lost, a person’s ability to accurately tell where sounds are coming from can also be affected. Because of this, this test will be able to provide you with some useful information about your hearing ability.

Please click here for more information on sound localisation.

How to set up your computer for this test

If you have taken this test before, and are confident that your system is set up correctly, click “next” at the bottom of the page. Otherwise please follow the guidelines listed below. Please click on Help in order to receive further information when necessary.

1. Connect your headphones to the correct input on your computer Help
2. The test you are about to conduct needs JAVA 1.5 or higher. Check that you have this version of Java running on your machine – if the box below is green, you are ok and can continue with the test. If it is red, you will need to download an upgrade of Java. Please click on help for information on how to download the latest version of Java. Help

3. To adjust the volume to a comfortable level:
  1. Hold your headphones so that they are close to - but not on - your ears. This will help you to avoid uncomfortably loud sounds when setting the volume.
  2. Click on the "Start" button to the right to start the signal
  3. Adjust the volume of the signal (using ) until you are comfortably able to place the headphones directly on your ears.
  4. Adjust the volume to a comfortable level - ensuring that you are able to hear the signal clearly.
  5. When you are happy with the volume, click the Stop button to stop the signal.

Click on Help for instructions on how to adjust your computer's volume


4. Be sure that your headphones are correctly positioned (left headphone on
the left ear; right headphone on the right ear).
The button entitled right should play a signal coming from the right earphone.
When you hear the signal comming from the left, you should turn your headphones around.
  • This test should be conducted in a quiet environment . If you use hearing aids, you should remove them before taking this test.
  • You can only do this test while using headphones.
  • You will need to do this test from a fast internet connection (i.e. broadband). If you hear drop-outs (silent intervals) in the sound than the connection you are using is not quick enough to do this test.

All OK?

When you are happy with your set-up, continue with the test