More than 48 million Americans are affected by hearing loss. Hearing loss may be gradual, especially if it’s due to age, and many individuals don’t seek treatment for hearing loss. Even if an individual does notice decreased hearing abilities or is told by family and friends that her hearing has affected them, they still may not seek treatment. It’s difficult for some people to admit that they may need assistance, and there is unfortunately still stigma around wearing hearing assistive technology, such as hearing aids, in some populations.

In-home hearing tests can be a good starting point for understanding whether a person’s hearing is in normal range, slightly below, or substantially below normal range. Because the hearing tests are conducted from the comfort of one’s own home, they’re convenient, widely available, and private.

Three are several online hearing tests that take 5 minutes or less to complete:

Miracle Ear also offers free in-store hearing tests at any of their locations.

During the at-home hearing test, be sure to sit in a quiet location. To test hearing in both ears, use comfortable-fitting headphones. If you already wear hearing aids, it’s recommended to remove them before the test.

Testing is the first step of identifying whether or not there may be a problem. From there, if the test identifies that you’re experiencing some or substantial hearing loss, an ENT professional can then perform a more thorough test to identify the level of the hearing loss and whether intervention is needed.

The at-home tests are not as powerful as a hearing test performed by an audiologist. If you feel that you’ve experienced some hearing loss but the test says your hearing is in normal range, see your OrlandoENT professional for an audiology exam to investigate further.

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