The not-for-profit “National Hearing Test” is a phone-based service that allows anyone to call in and quickly test their hearing, for the small fee of $5. Skeptical? National Hearing Test a public service that has no financial connection with any hearing products or services.
It is no wonder so many of us avoid having our hearing tested, even if we suspect we might need help. We’re confused about where to get an unbiased hearing test, who should perform it and how much it will cost. Not to mention the fear that companies will pursue us without mercy, trying to sell us expensive solutions. Who needs the aggravation?
The scientists who developed the National Hearing Test with funding from the National Institutes of Health have simplified the first step to helping you take control of your hearing health. Just pick up your phone.
The not-for-profit, telephone-based National Hearing Test accurately assesses your hearing in ten minutes as normal, slightly below normal or substantially below normal for each ear. It presents a series of digits you identify against a background of noise, much like the way we may experience hearing difficulty at family dinners, large gatherings and movies.
You can take the test at home, at the office or in any quiet place with a landline phone, and receive the results immediately. There is no sales pitch after the test. If your hearing is below normal, the National Hearing Test will simply suggest you follow up by seeing an audiologist or other certified hearing professional of your choice. That’s it.
You don’t have to make an appointment or drive anywhere, and you can take the test any time you like by purchasing a code at www.nationalhearingtest.org, then calling the toll-free National Hearing Test line at (866) 223-7575. The cost is $5, just enough to cover the expense of offering the test.
The first test of its kind in the United States, the National Hearing Test overcomes many obstacles preventing people from being screened for hearing loss. It is the country’s only convenient, affordable, scientifically valid hearing screening test delivered over a plain old telephone.
“Research shows that early intervention in hearing loss leads to better quality of life and greater success with hearing aids,” said Dr. Charles S. Watson, chief scientist for the test in the United States and professor emeritus of speech and hearing sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. “Consequently, it’s important for anyone who suspects they’ve suffered hearing loss to have their hearing tested and that a low-cost, convenient test be made widely available.”
Dr. Watson stressed, “While the telephone-administered test provides an accurate estimate of a person’s hearing in the speech-frequency range, it is not a substitute for a full hearing evaluation by an audiologist. The screening test is for those who suspect they might have a hearing problem but are not sufficiently convinced to make that appointment. Some callers pass the test and are relieved, while others fail and are advised to seek a full evaluation.”
About the National Hearing Test Project
The National Hearing Test is administered by Bloomington, Indiana-based Communication Disorders Technology, Inc., in partnership with Indiana University and the VU Medical Center of Amsterdam, and with the support of the National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health, under Grant No. 3R43DC009719.
Learn more about the National Hearing Test at www.nationalhearingtest.org. To take the National Hearing Test, obtain a code at that site and call the test line at (866) 223-7575.
About Communication Disorders Technology, Inc.
Founded in 1989 by two speech and hearing researchers and a mathematician at Indiana University, Communication Disorders Technology, Inc., develops software to treat speech, language and hearing disorders. Visit Communications Disorders Technology, Inc., online at www.comdistec.com.
Last modified: January 15, 2015