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FREE Online Hearing Test

Step #1: Calibrate your sound levels

  1. Go to a quiet environment. Plug your headphones into your computer and put them on your ears.  Then click on the "calibration file" button on the the right side of this screen.  Listen to the sound of hands rubbing together.  
  2. Now sitting in front of your computer, remove your headphones and rub the palms of your hands together in front of your nose.  Listen to the loudness of this sound. 
  3. Next, put your head phones back on and press the "calibration file" button again.  Adjust the volume on your computer up or down to match the loudness of you rubbing your hands together in #2.   Repeat steps #2 and #3 here until both sound levels match. 
  4. Once matched, don’t change the volume level on your computer during the rest of the test.  Put your headphones on! You are ready to proceed with the test. 

Calibration File

 

Step #2: Listen to the individual sound test files

  1. With your headphones on, click on the top file button on first column (Column A).  (You probably will not hear anything unless you have very keen hearing.)  
  2. Proceed to click on each of the buttons in Column A moving from top to bottom.  Stop on the button when you first hear a tone. (Don't worry if you don't hear any sounds until you click on several buttons  down the column;  Keep clicking down the column until you hear a tone.) 
  3. Next, go to the top of Column B and repeat by clicking on the buttons working from the top to the bottom.  Stop on the button when the tone becomes just audible. 
  4. Repeat for columns C-F.
  5. When you are done, scroll down to Step #3 to see your results.
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    A B C D E F
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    quiet
               
               
               
               
    louder
               
               
               
               
    very loud
               
               

    Step #3: Review your personal audiogram

    • Your personal hearing thresholds should now appear on the audiogram on the right side of this page.

    • The audiogram plots the softest sound you can hear across the different frequencies tested.

    • If you fall in the mild to moderate hearing loss ranges, you have already suffered some hearing loss and Puro Headphones could further protect your hearing.

    Now See Where you Fall on the Speech Banana

    • Click this → Overlay link to superimpose additional information on to your audiogram.

      This first overlay outlines the area related to conversational speech. It is in the shape of a banana and is often referred to as the “speech banana.” (See the yellow overlay area.) Vowels are located on the left side of the banana, and consonants are to the right . Remember, all the sounds located above your individual hearing thresholds will be inaudible to you. If your personal markers are located inside (or worse, below) the speech banana toward the bottom of the graph, it means that your hearing will be missing part of the conversation, requiring your brain to compensate for this deficiency, by guessing words, for example.

      The second → Overlay depicts some familiar sounds of our everyday life, such as rustling leaves, birds chirping, water dripping, conversation and other common sounds. Simple Ear is designed to give you a mild to moderate boost in your hearing. If you need a severe boost in your hearing, see an audiologist.

    *Test was developed and copyrighted by Stéphane Pigeon, Ph.D. at myhearingtest.net. Used by permission.

    Click here for complete details and more information on the online hearing test and audiogram.