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First of all it’s never a bad idea to get your hearing checked even if you don’t think you’re having any problems hearing.  A baseline assessment of your hearing can always be used as a comparison years from now when you’re sure you have a problem.

But back to the original question, “Is it time to get your hearing checked?”

Your significant other has started to mention that you might be having some problems hearing, your kids have noticed, even your closest friends are wondering about your ability to hear. So, is it time to get your hearing checked?

The Better Hearing Institute has created an online hearing check (quiz, test) comprised of 10 questions.  You will need access to a computer to take the quiz.  You’ll be asked to rank your ability to hear in each of the situations described on a scale of 1 to 5.  Click this link to be directed to the quiz.


  1. I have a problem hearing over the telephone
  2. I have trouble understanding things on TV
  3. I have to worry about missing a telephone ring or doorbell
  4. I get confused about where sounds come from
  5. I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children

Once you’ve completed the quiz you’ll receive both a summary and a detailed report including recommendations about what to do next.


Your friends and family members may be the reason you’re asking the question above at all.  Those closest to someone with a hearing loss will often be aware there’s a problem long before the person with the hearing loss is aware they’re having a problem communicating.

Suggest that those individuals closest to you take the quiz too (they should answer the questions from their point of view about you).  Compare your results.  You may be surprised at how much of a problem they really think you’re having.  It might be a good idea to hear what they have to say and then get your hearing checked to find out for sure what’s really going on.