This on-line hearing test offers you an easy, fast way to determine whether you suffer from hearing loss. At the conclusion of the test you will have a printable audiogram that can be used to determine what hearing device can work best for you. Bookmark this page and run this hearing test periodically to monitor your hearing. Please note some of the audio tests tones can be excessively loud if used improperly. To avoid problems always begin by playing the quieter files first. See below for the steps on taking the hearing test.

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FREE at-home hearing test
Test your hearing in the privacy of your home or office. To ensure the
accuracy of your results, please take the test two times.

How to prepare for the hearing test

We care about your ears so please take a pre-test here:

Rub your hands together in front of your face. If you have trouble hearing the sound of your hands rubbing together, we recommend you seek a professional evaluation from an audiologist or physician. If you can hear the sound of your hands rubbing together, let's move forward.

  • Close all other programs and webpages to prohibit other sounds from occurring during your test.
  • In preparation for the test, find a very quiet place.
  • Turn your computer volume to full on, or 100%.
  • Insert your earbuds to get a good seal, or place your headphones over your ears.
  • Now you're ready to take the hearing test.

Take the hearing test

Take the test one ear at a time starting with your better ear first. (Typically the one you use for hearing on the phone.) Click on the
"Test Left Ear" or "Test Right Ear" button at the top of the Listening Chart that corresponds with the ear with which you are starting.

  • Start by clicking the arrow   in the top left column of the Listening Chart, and listen for a tiny tone. If you don't hear a tone, click on the arrow below it.
  • If you don't hear a tone continue clicking down until you hear a tone.
  • Once you hear the tone, stop, and go back to the arrow just above. Click on it to make sure you didn't miss hearing it. If you do hear a tone now, stop, you are done with that row. If you do not hear the tone, go back down, and click the tone that you last heard and proceed to step 4.
  • Go to the top of the second column and repeat what you just did in the first column.
  • Move your cursor to the top of the next column and start again until you have completed all six columns.
  • In order to print, save, download or bookmark your audiogram, you will first need to set up a VHS account. The account will give you access to all the audiograms for hearing tests you have taken – so they can be managed by you.
Click on the appropriate button for testing your other ear.

Repeat the steps 1 – 5 above, starting with the top-left column, clicking down each column. Once you have navigated through all six columns, your hearing test is complete. Be sure to click the "Print-Save-Bookmark" button.

Your audiogram represents the softest sounds you can hear across different frequencies. Ideally,the six markers should be located on the top of the graph, around the zero range.

Click on the word 'Overlay' below your audiogram to add additional information.

The first overlay you see outlines the area related to conversational speech. It is called a 'speech banana' because of its shape. Vowels are located on the left side of the banana (the green area), and consonants are to the right (the blue area). If your personal markers are located inside or below the speech banana, it means that your hearing is missing part of the conversation. This causes your brain to compensate for the deficiency, by guessing words for example.

If you click on the word 'overlay' again, a second overlay illustrates your ability to hear the sounds of everyday life. It shows the types of sounds from different ranges and what hearing loss can effect.

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