Take Our Free Online Hearing Test
Wondering if you have hearing loss?
Grab your headphones and get an evaluation in minutes.
In the past few years, online hearing tests have become more common and accurate. The increased availability of well-designed online tests makes getting help for early hearing loss more accessible and discreet. These tests do not replace those administered by a licensed hearing care professional. However, for many, particularly those with mild hearing loss, they can provide a good enough picture of your hearing to get started on your journey toward better hearing and improved quality of life.
Here at SeniorLiving.org, we've designed our own hearing test to help kick-start your hearing health journey. All you'll need is a pair of earphones and a quiet room.
FYI: If you're new to hearing loss and want to learn more, visit our guide to hearing aids. Or, if you've taken a hearing test and want to find the right hearing aids for you, head to our list of the best hearing aids for seniors.
Getting Started: An Online Hearing Test Checklist
To test your hearing, you'll need a few pieces of technology and a space that's conducive to listening to very quiet sounds. Review the checklist below before taking your test to get the most accurate results possible.
Choose a Quiet Room
Select a quiet room with a low ceiling and carpet or throw rugs on the floor. If possible, windows should have drapes that you can close during the test.
Check Your Internet Connection
Your hearing test will send signals over the internet. The better your connection, the lower the risk of distortion of intermittency that might interfere with your test. When picking your room, check the Wi-Fi signal strength. This is usually shown in the toolbar of your computer or tablet as a cone of concentric arcs, like the image below. The more arcs you see, the better the Wi-Fi signal.
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Quick Tip: Has your internet connection been slow lately? Head to our guide on how to speed up your internet connection to ensure that your signal is as strong as possible before starting your hearing test.
Grab a Pair of Earphones
The closer the sound source is to your ears, the better and more accurate your results will be. For this reason, you'll need a pair of earphones to take the hearing test.
Once you've found a quiet room, checked your internet, and grabbed a pair of earphones, you're all set!
More of a visual learner? Watch the video below with our Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Hoyt, and audiologist Brad Ingrao to lean more about online hearing tests.