Hearing loss can be so gradual that someone experiencing it might not even realise it at first. In fact estimates of the time it takes for someone with hearing loss to actually get their hearing tested range from around 10 to 13 years!
Online hearing test
Our simple online hearing test is designed to help you on your way to better hearing. It does not replace a clinical hearing test carried out by a professional audiologist but it is a place to start if you think you may have issues with your hearing.
Click on the link below to try out our new online hearing test:
A brief guide to taking Hearing Wales online hearing test
- Make sure you have some headphones or earphones handy, which you can plug into your PC, laptop or mobile device.
- If you know your email address make sure you have it to hand as your results and some advice will be sent to you.
- Find a quiet environment.
- After an initial question the online hearing test will begin. Low, mid and high-pitched tones will play out in turn. You will be asked to hit the plus or minus button to a point at which you can just make out the sound.
- After each question click the ‘Next’ button.
- You will then be asked a few questions about your hearing in different situations.
- After completing the Hearing Wales online hearing test you will be asked if you want a call back from an audiologist and to submit your email for your results.
- Remember, getting your hearing tested is a fundamental step to improving your wellbeing, your comfort and your future prospects in terms of staving off dementia and other conditions.
Some signs you may have hearing loss
There are a whole range of factors that can lead to hearing loss. It could be exposure to noisy environments at work, loud music, some medications, ear infections or even genetics can all play a role. Here are a few indicators of hearing loss which might mean you need to call us for a test. Its free and hassle free, and is the first step to improving your quality of life.
In general, people who have hearing loss may experience any or all of the following:
- Difficulty understanding everyday conversation
- A feeling of being able to hear but not understand
- Having to turn up the TV or radio
- Asking others to repeat often
- Avoidance of social situations that were once enjoyable
- Increased difficulty communicating in noisy situations like restaurants, lively family gatherings, in the car or in group meetings
- Ringing in the ears, called tinnitus, is another early signal of possible hearing loss.
Using our online hearing test can help you decide whether to speak to an audiologist. Its not designed to replace a clinical hearing test but can give you a little bit more information. Of course you don’t have to take the online hearing test before you get in touch! You can call us any time to discuss your hearing and to find out how Hearing Wales can support you.
Most importantly, don’t worry! If you do find you have some kind of hearing loss, you are not alone! There are 11 million people with hearing loss in the UK, that’s around one in six of us. And more than 40% of people over 50 years old have hearing loss, rising to 71% of people over the age of 70.*