Accessibility Tools

Self-Test for Hearing Loss

Are you worried about your hearing? Do you have concerns about how your child hears? Ask yourself the questions below to find out if you should have a hearing test.

Do I need to have my hearing tested?

See our audiologists if you answer “yes” to more than two of the following questions:

  • Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
  • Do you hear better in one ear than the other when you are on the phone?
  • Do you have trouble understanding when two or more people talk at the same time?
  • Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
  • Do you have to strain to understand what people say?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy place?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in restaurants?
  • Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
  • Do you ask people to repeat what they said?
  • Do family members or coworkers tell you that you are not hearing what they say?
  • Do many people you talk to seem to mumble or not speak clearly?
  • Do you have trouble understanding women and children?
  • Do people get annoyed because you don’t understand what they say?

Does my child need to have his or her hearing tested?

Take your child to see our audiologists if you notice any of the following:

  • Your child does not always respond to sounds.
  • Your child does not say many words.
  • Your child’s speech is not clear.
  • You notice that your child has the TV, radio, or headphones turned up too loud.
  • Your child does not follow directions.
  • Your child says, “Huh?” or “What?” a lot.
  • Your child does not answer when your call for him.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association