Before you take the check
The hearing check will let you know if your hearing is in a normal range or if you may have hearing loss.
If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss
The hearing check is not designed for people who’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss. It’s not the same as a full hearing test carried out by an audiologist (hearing specialist) – it simply tells you if you need one.
Speak to your audiologist if you think your hearing has changed, or if you have any concerns.
If you think your hearing is better in one ear
The hearing check measures how well you can hear overall – it does not check one ear at a time. This means that if you have hearing loss in one ear, it might be missed.
It’s a good idea to take the hearing check, but you should also see a GP so they can refer you for a full hearing test.
If you are sensitive to sound
You may be more sensitive to the sounds played during the hearing check if you have:
- dizziness (vertigo) caused by noise
- severe tinnitus (ringing or whooshing in your ears or head)
- severe hyperacusis (intolerance to loud noises).