The 5-Minute Hearing Test

Hearing loss is not usually characterized by pain or physical discomfort. Because it is often a gradual, cumulative process, hearing loss can easily develop into a significant handicap before it is diagnosed.

The following hearing loss check may help you understand whether you have some degree of hearing loss. It is based on the Revised American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) five-minute hearing test. It is a means of quickly assessing if you possibly have a hearing loss.

With respect to your hearing, please think about your experiences with each of the following WITHOUT the use of hearing aids or other devices designed to help you hear better. For each item, indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree (select one button for each item).


I have a problem hearing over the telephone

I have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time

I have trouble understanding things on TV

I have to strain to understand conversations

I have to worry about missing a telephone ring or doorbell

I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background such as a crowded room or restaurant

I get confused about where sounds come from

I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves

I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children

I have trouble understanding the speaker in a large room such as at a meeting or place of worship

Many people I talk to seem to mumble (or do not speak clearly)

People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say

I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses

I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear I will reply improperly

Family members and friends have told me they think I may have a hearing loss


If you scored 10 or above, the American Academy of Otolaryngology (the world’s largest organization of ENT specialists) recommends you seek the counsel of an ear specialist. You should have your hearing tested by an audiologist and you may benefit from amplification. During a hearing test, an audiologist will complete an audiogram (how to read an audiogram).

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