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. The rest of the page will give you information about hearing loss, audiograms, and how to get the most reliable results out of this page's hearing test.
1. Calibrate your sound levels
File 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 environment, starting from the top row, move down until you hear a tone. Do this for each column.