It’s important to understand that not all online hearing tests are the same. Some are overly simple, merely playing a few sounds and asking you to identify words. The results of these tests are rarely accurate. This isn’t surprising, because there’s no evidence they were created by an actual hearing specialist.
The best online hearing tests are part of a telehealth visit with an audiologist. This type of screening is far more accurate because it’s administered by a licensed hearing professional.
What can you expect during your online hearing test?
• Comprehensive hearing evaluation: During a telehealth visit, the audiologist will begin by asking you a number of questions about your hearing. These questions provide information about your overall hearing levels and any problem areas. Certain symptoms may tell the doctor that an in-person visit is needed or urgent, which helps to keep your hearing safe.
• Careful audio testing: Online screening sessions can be carefully adjusted for accuracy. Our team recommends being in a quiet part of the home if possible. If you have telehealth-compatible hearing aids, the accuracy of online tests is phenomenal. These devices allow for remote adjustments and control.
• Clear answers: One of the biggest advantages to telehealth over simple online tests is that you can find answers to your questions. An audiologist doesn’t just tell you what is going in, but also explains why and what may be causing the issue.
• Professional recommendations: At the end of your visit, the audiologist will provide expert recommendations. These may include scheduling hearing care, mentioning device options or making remote adjustments to your hearing aids. For example, if you’re experiencing ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, certain medications may be the cause. With some adjustments, you may find relief.
If hearing issues appear serious, an in-person follow-up session will be recommended. This allows for visual inspection of the ear canal and a tympanogram of hearing components, measuring how each part of your ear responds to sound.