Better Hearing Institute


Online Hearing Check

Across America Hearing Check Challenge


Almost 35 million people in the U.S. know they can't hear as well as they once did. Yet half of them have never had their hearing professionally tested.

The truth is, untreated hearing loss interferes with virtually every aspect of a person's life-both personally and professionally. When ignored and left unaddressed, hearing loss can lead to impaired memory; difficulty in learning new tasks; reduced alertness; increased risk to personal safety; irritability; negativism; anger; fatigue; tension; stress; depression; isolation; withdrawal; and diminished psychological and overall health..Simply, when you choose to ignore your hearing loss, you are choosing a dramatic loss in your quality of life. For the vast majority of people, it is not a conscious choice.

To help people understand the serious impact that hearing loss can have on their lives, the Better Hearing Institute has developed and validated a simple 15-item online test that individuals can take in the privacy and comfort of their own home. The test is designed to help people better understand just how serious their hearing loss is, and to determine whether or not they need further help.

The following online hearing check lets you quickly assess your need for an objective hearing test by a hearing health professional and consultation on possible solutions to your hearing problem (such as hearing aids).

This hearing check is based on the Revised American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) five-minute hearing check. In a 2010 Better Hearing Institute study of 11,000 people with hearing loss, this online hearing check was shown to be related to:
  • real measures (objective) of hearing loss using audiological equipment
  • self and family evaluations of hearing loss (subjective)
  • impact of hearing loss on quality of life based on ratings by people with hearing loss
In step #1 You will be asked to respond to 15 questions about your hearing. They will be presented to you one at a time. Please understand that your responses are confidential. The Better Hearing Institute does not ask anything about your identity.

In step #2 The computer will score your test. It will compare your responses to 11,000 people with hearing loss and produce a personalized evaluation of your hearing. These results are for your eyes only. But if you choose, you may share it with your family members, physician or a hearing health professional.

Please realize that this online hearing check is not equivalent to a professional hearing test performed by a hearing health professional. It is meant to help you assess whether or not you should see a hearing health professional. If, for any reason, you feel you are suffering from hearing loss that needs to be addressed, consult your family doctor, an ear-nose-throat physician, or a hearing health professional (audiologist or hearing instrument specialist).

Instructions – Step #1

With respect to your hearing, please think about your experiences in each of the following situations WITHOUT the use of hearing aids or other devices meant to help you hear better. For each item, indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree by selecting one number with your mouse.

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