Evaluate Your Hearing

Evaluate Your Hearing2023-09-19T16:54:52-04:00

To get an idea of how well you hear, answer the following questions developed by the American Academy of Otalryngology, and then calculate your score. To calculate your score, give yourself 3 points for every “Almost always” answer, 2 points for every “Half the time” answer, 1 point for every “Occasionally” answer, and 0 for every “Never.” If hearing loss runs in your family, please add an additional 3 points to your overall score.

Never Occasionally Half the time  Almost always
0 1 2 3
1. I have a problem hearing over the telephone.
2. I have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.
3. People complain that I turn the TV volume too high.
4. I have to strain to understand conversations.
5. I miss hearing some common sounds like the phone or doorbell ring.
6. I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background, such as a party.
7. I get confused about where sounds come from.
8. I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves.
9. I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children.
10. I have worked in noisy environments (such as assembly lines, construction sites, near jet engines, etc).
Never Occasionally Half the time  Almost always
0 1 2 3
11. Many people I talk to seem to mumble, or don't speak clearly.
12. People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say.
13. I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses.
14. I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear I'll make improper replies.
15. Ask a family member or friend to answer this question: Do you think this person shows signs of hearing loss?
Score The American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery recommends the following:
0 to 5 Your hearing is fine. No action is required.
6 to 9 Suggests you see an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Specialist.
10+ Strongly recommends you see an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Specialist..
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