Hearing Self-Test

Topic Overview

Answer the following questions to check for hearing loss and see whether you need to have your hearing checked by your doctor or hearing specialist.

Questions about hearing loss
Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone? Yes No
Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time? Yes No
Do people complain that you turn the TV or radio volume up too high? Yes No
Do you have to strain to understand conversation? Yes No
Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background? Yes No
Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves? Yes No
Do many people you talk to seem to mumble or not speak clearly? Yes No
Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond in a way that may embarrass you? Yes No
Do you have trouble understanding women and children? Yes No
Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say? Yes No

Total answers


Total your "Yes" answers:

If you have 0 to 2 "Yes" answers, your hearing probably is good. Take the test again in a few months, especially if you are routinely exposed to loud noises.

If you have 3 or more "Yes" answers, you may have some hearing loss and may want to see a health professional for a hearing evaluation.

[Adapted from the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders1]

Related Information



  1. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders (2010). Ten Ways to Recognize Hearing Loss. Available online: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/10ways.asp.


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Steven T. Kmucha, MD - Otolaryngology
Last Revised April 13, 2011

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