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The Hearite online hearing test is a quick and convenient way to gauge how well you’re hearing. In under 5 minutes, test your ability to hear tones within the critical speech window. After the self administered test, consult with one our hearing professionals to understand how your hearing ability impacts the speech you hear. In addition, following your test you may wish to know how your results compare to those of your peers. Please consult with one of our hearing professionals for a free discussion on your results and which instruments may be most appropriate.
We recommend taking the hearing test in a quiet area without interruptions. You will have the option to take the online hearing test using your headphones or your device speakers. Begin your online test by selecting 1 of 3 illustrated listening options below (Headset, Ear Buds, Device Audio). Your results will be interpreted and emailed to you.
Considering a professional hearing test? If you are, good! If you're still undecided consider this one simple question, "Is it hearing loss or simply earwax?" Know for certain before investing in hearing aids. If you're over the age of 50, there's a good chance age-related hearing loss is a factor even if ear-wax isn't. The best thing you can do if you believe you are struggling, or if others have mentioned that you seem to struggle hearing them, is to schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional. It is quick, painless and you get your results right away! And in many cases, the hearing evaluation is free. It is recommended once you reach the age of 50 to get your hearing tested every year. This is typically when age-related hearing loss starts becoming noticeable.
Most hearing professionals will follow the same regimen at your first appointment including a health history and performing a series of tests including a pure tone test, word recognition, and a bone conduction evaluation. The health history helps the hearing professional determine if you have a family history of hearing problems or any life experiences that could affect your hearing such as chronic loud noise from a job or maybe numerous ear infections as a child. Your specialist will also ask about the medications you are taking. A number of common medicines are ototoxic meaning they are harmful to your ears.
The hearing professional will also visually examine your ears using an otoscope. They will sometimes do a video otoscopic exam so you, yourself, can see your ear canal and eardrum. The specialist will be looking for any obstructions like ear wax, infections or other medical conditions that could affect your hearing. If it is determined there is no medical reason for a hearing loss, they will move onto testing for tones at specific frequencies and speech or word recognition through an air conduction test, bone conduction testing, and speech testing. The responses to the air conduction and bone conduction will be recorded onto an audiogram.
Audiograms are charts that show the degree and type of hearing loss you have. Degrees or categories of hearing loss are: mild, moderate, severe, and profound. The types of loss include: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. The speech portion of the testing helps determine the type of hearing aids that will help your loss.
Your hearing specialist will make you feel comfortable and explain what is happening throughout the testing process, because like a lot of medical testing, the experience can sometimes be overwhelming and hard to understand.
Here are a list of questions that may be helpful with getting clear answers so you can understand your hearing test results:
If your hearing results show that you can be helped by hearing aids, you do not have to feel obligated or “pressured” to purchase that day. Hearing specialists will gladly demonstrate different types of hearing aid technology for your loss right there in the office. Do not hesitate to ask questions so you can fully understand the results of your test and the options you have been recommended.