Self-Test for Hearing Loss
You can use this self-administered test as an initial screen for yourself or your child and to find out if an audiologic (hearing) evaluation is needed.
Does my child have a hearing loss that needs to be evaluated by a professional?
If you observe any of the following behaviors or symptoms of hearing loss, you should consider having your child’s hearing evaluated further by a certified audiologist:
- Your child is inconsistently responding to sound.
- Language and speech development is delayed.
- Speech is unclear.
- Volume is turned up high on electronic equipment (radio, TV, CD player, etc.).
- Your child does not follow directions.
- Your child often says, "Huh?"
- Your child does not respond when called.
Do I have a hearing loss that needs to be evaluated by a professional?
If you answer yes to more than two of the following questions, you should have your hearing evaluated further by a certified audiologist:
- Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
- Do you hear better through one ear than the other when you are on the telephone?
- Do you have trouble following the conversation with two or more people talking at the same time?
- Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
- Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
- Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
- Do you have trouble hearing in restaurants?
- Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
- Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
- Do family members or coworkers remark about your missing what has been said?
- Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
- Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
- Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
- Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?