Our online hearing test can give you a first impression about how well you hear. Please be aware that this screening is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace a professional hearing evaluation. For an accurate measurement of your hearing ability, you should consult with a qualified hearing care professional.
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At some point you become aware of this: "I can still hear pretty well, but sometimes I can’t make out quiet voices." Or: "I didn’t hear the announcements at the airport properly again." Or: "I’ve started eating alone in the canteen, I can’t hear my coworkers speaking over the background noise and having a conversation is too much of an effort for me."
Especially in a noisy environment, it is the sounds in the higher frequency range that you find harder to understand:
And then, when the first difficulties arise with hearing or understanding, you usually subconsciously try to compensate for them by making a greater effort:
All these compensatory efforts demand good concentration and constant attention. At first they calm your fears, because sometimes the compensation process goes really well. Over a longer period, though, these strategies require a huge effort and cannot be sustained.
Another common problem is that, in situations with a lot of background noise (restaurants, stations, airports, parties etc.), it is necessary to concentrate particularly hard on the person one is speaking to, even with mild hearing loss, it is no longer possible to filter out what is being said using the compensation process alone.