This website offers you the easiest, fastest, but also one of the best hearing tests on the Internet. Bookmark this page and run this hearing test periodically to monitor your hearing!
Although these test files have been carefully designed, this website is not a substitute for a proper hearing test. You are encouraged to consult an audiologist as soon as you seriously feel concerned about a possible hearing loss. Beware, some of the audio tests tones can be damaging (excessively loud) if used improperly. You will be safe though by following the sound level calibration procedure and always starting by playing the quieter files first.
To evaluate your hearing from the comfort of your home:
Remove your hearing aids and listen to the calibration sound.
Rub the palms of your hands together in front of your nose, quickly and firmly, and try reproducing the same sound.
Adjust your computer's volume so that both levels match. Once matched, do not change during your hearing test.
Although headphones are recommended for this hearing test, be sure to take them off when calibrating your speakers.
In a quiet place, click to play the hearing test tones, column by column, starting from the top left corner
Move down until a tone becomes barely audible. Only then move to the next column to the right.
Once you have moved through all the tone columns, your hearing test is complete.
Your personal hearing thresholds will now appear on the audiogram form below.
This graph is similar to what your audiologist's testing system would produce. It plots the softest sounds you can hear across the different frequencies tested. For normal hearing, the X and O markers would be located on the top of the graph, near the zero range.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This online hearing test performed in your home is NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE for a full audiological exam by a hearing aid professional and SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR PROGRAMMING HEARING AIDS.
The frequencies (or pitches) that have been used during your hearing test are shown on the horizontal axis (the vertical lines). These frequencies are low on the left side of the audiogram (250Hz), then gradually climb to higher frequencies on the right side (8000 Hz or 8kHz). Humans hear frequencies from 20 Hz up to 20,000 Hz, but an audiogram only shows a subset of our hearing range: it focuses on the frequencies that are the most important for a clear understanding of speech (the spoken words).
The volume (loudness) required to reach a person's hearing threshold is shown on the vertical axis (the horizontal lines). These are expressed in deciBels Hearing Level (dBHL). dBHL are not absolute loudness levels but represent a difference between your hearing and the average "normal" hearing. When scoring 0 dBHL, your hearing exactly matches the norm; higher values are signs of hearing loss. There are tolerances though: normal hearing is defined by thresholds lower than 15 dBHL at all frequencies, not strictly at 0 dBHL. The loudness scale goes from very soft sounds on top (-5 dBHL) to loud sounds at the bottom (80 dBHL).
As you perform this hearing test, markers will be set on the audiogram, and will correspond to your personal hearing thresholds. Once the test is completed, you can read the audiogram as follows: Every sound located above the markers will be inaudible to you. The Overlay button gives you an idea of what these sounds could be.