HEARING TEST

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. The next three sections take you through the actual hearing test.

                          HEARING TEST

1. Calibrate your sound levels

Using headphones, listen to the calibration audio file. Then, without your headphones on, rub your hands together closely in front of your nose, quickly and firmly, and try producing the same sound.If you have trouble hearing the sound of your hands rubbing, the test is already completed: you likely suffer from a severe hearing loss!

Adjust your computer’s volume so that both levels match: the calibration file through your headphones, and your hands rubbing, without headphones. Once matched, do not change your levels anymore during the rest of the hearing test.

2. Listen to the individual test files

In a silent surroundings, ranging from the highest row, move down till you hear a tone. try this for every column.

Always begin with files on high of the table. the lowest files ar for severe hearing losses, and can play fortissimo for a standard hearing person!
Stop with the file whose tone becomes simply perceptible – not the file on top of or below – before switch to following column.

 

3. Review your personal audiogram

Your personal hearing thresholds should now appear on the audiogram below. Ideally, the markers should be located on the top of the graph, around the zero range.
This graph is similar to what your audiologist’s system would produce during a hearing test, and plots the softest sounds you can hear across the different frequencies tested. Ideally, the six markers should be located on the top of the graph, around the zero range.

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