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Top 10 Free Online Hearing Tests You Can Try Today

The best free (and sometimes fun!) online hearing tests so you can see if you have a hearing loss—and what it might look like

An online hearing test is a quick way to check whether your hearing needs attention. At HearingTracker, we always recommend a comprehensive hearing assessment from an audiologist or licensed hearing care professional as the "gold standard." But many online tests are extremely helpful—giving you a good snapshot or approximation of your hearing status.

After testing over a dozen different ones, we picked the quickest, most comprehensive, and most convenient online hearing tests and apps for you. Each test is free and only takes a few minutes, and all you need is a pair of headphones. Let’s see how they compare.

Online Hearing Test Collage

Some examples of web home pages and tests you'll see when perusing online hearing tests.

How to take an online hearing test

We recommend you find a quiet space and use wired over-ear headphones, though wireless headphones also work. Each of the hearing screeners below has its own setup instructions. Pay close attention to the recommended volume; some tests include a volume calibration step. You can complete these tests on your phone or computer.

Calibration and test conditions can make a big difference in accurate results. Don't neglect the instructions about taking the test in a quiet place. If there are noises that interfere with your ability to hear the test signals or distract your attention, this can significantly alter your test results. Likewise, if you choose to use in-ear earbuds for the test, make sure you have a good/consistent acoustic seal of the ear tips with your ears throughout the test. All earphones are different; it's possible that higher-fidelity ones will provide you with more accurate test results.

We recommend you take a couple of different tests from different websites/apps, including at least one that probes your hearing at different frequencies, and another that checks your speech comprehension. Even if you can hear fine at various frequencies, you might have trouble following conversations in noisy environments, which hints at a hidden hearing loss.

Note: Many hearing tests include a questionnaire and request contact data. Often, you can access your results directly, regardless of the information you shared. Questions about your hearing abilities can be a proxy for speech comprehension, so your answers might impact your overall results.

The table below summarizes the top-10 hearing tests and the companies' relationship to hearing aid sales. Most of the tests result in an audiogram, which is a graph depicting how loud different pitches (frequencies) need to be for you to hear them. Other tests result in a word or hearing level score or rating (e.g., slight to profound hearing loss, or good to poor hearing). Many of these tests require you to include your contact information, which can lead to your email and information becoming part of the company's marketing database, particularly if the company sells hearing aids or owns a hearing aid dispensing network.

Website or app Results presented in... No contact information required Does not sell hearing aids
Mimi app Audiogram
SonicCloud app Audiogram
uHear app Audiogram
HearingTest.Online Audiogram
Check Hearing (WIN) Words in Noise Score
Soundly Audiogram
MDHearing Aid Audiogram
Audicus Hearing level
Shoebox Hearing level
ReSound Hearing level

Quick summary of the online hearing test apps and websites featured below.

Best Online Hearing Tests and Apps

With the above recommendations and caveats, we'll now move on to the best online hearing tests for you to try (not in rank-order), starting with three apps: Mimi, SonicCloud, and uHear.

1) Mimi Hearing Test: Most comprehensive app-based test

The Mimi Hearing Test app is available for Android and iOS. The test itself requires no registration, but it will ask you for your birth year during setup. Your results are stored on your device, and if you log in, you can save your Hearing ID to your Mimi account. If you’re using an iPhone, you can share your Mimi Hearing Test data with Apple Health and use it for customized hearing settings on your phone or the AirPods 2.

Mimi Screen Shots 1

Screenshots of the Mimi app from the author's hearing screening.

During the initial setup, you adjust your headphones to a loud yet comfortable volume, preview what the test will sound like, and take a practice round. You can also specify what type of earbuds you're using for the test.

During the test, you hear a beeping sound over steady background noise. To indicate that you can hear the beep, you tap the large button on the screen, and when the beep disappears, you release the button. The program then moves to another test frequency (pitch) sound, and the process repeats.

I had to skip the left ear because my unilateral hearing loss meant I didn’t hear enough on that side to keep the test going, but my overall grade was “excellent,” and my better ear was “unknown.”

The Mimi test also generates an audiogram of your hearing loss by frequency/pitch, and this can be downloaded to your phone or computer for future use (including with the Apple Health app for iOS users). You can read more about how to read and interpret a hearing test here. As the screening test results remind us: "Mimi Health Hearing Test (HTS-01) is a screening tool for hearing ability. It does not supersede or replace a decisive diagnosis by a physician and is not intended for monitoring, treatment, or alleviation of any disease or disability..."

The same can be said for any of the tests reviewed here.

Mimi Audiogram Ks2

Mimi audiogram showing test results for the right and left ear by frequency of a colleague with slight-mild hearing loss.

2) SonicCloud: Easiest app for applying results to multiple Apple and Android audio devices

SonicCloud gives you a hearing test featuring animated figures, then displays the results and allows you to easily apply them to a multitude of audio devices, including your smartphone, radio stations, podcasts, etc, for enhanced hearing. Like the Mimi app, SonicCloud is in wide use by companies like Sony, Jabra (GN Audio), and even HearingTracker. It is also included in Apple’s Health app "Audiogram" section, which allows you to take the test and then apply it for listening on your iPhone, AirPods, and other iOS-compatible devices. It's also available as an Android app.

Soniccloud Hearing Test

Some of the characters you'll meet on the SonicCloud hearing test app, as well as screenshots of a colleague's test results that display which speech elements (vowels and consonants) can be enhanced by the app for easier/better listening.

For calibration, the hearing test presents a number of tones and asks how many you hear. Once this is done, it then moves on to a series of lively animated screens that feature various cartoon characters and a slider control where you indicate the softest tone heard at different frequencies/pitches. It also offers a “fine tune” button to home-in on exactly when you can no longer hear the pitch. You do this for both the right and left ear.

The app then provides you with an audiogram showing the consonants and vowels you may be missing, as well as a hearing score. From there, it allows you to further fine-tune your listening preferences and apply them to your devices. The test does require you to enter your name or email.

3) uHear: Best app from a hearing aid manufacturer

uHear is an app for Apple iOS phones and tablets developed by hearing aid manufacturer Unitron (part of the Sonova group, the world's largest hearing aid company). It features three tests for hearing screening: Hearing Sensitivity, Speech in Noise, and a Questionnaire. The test, which has been favorably reviewed in several scientific papers, requires no personal information to get the results.

For the Hearing Sensitivity test, you listen to a series of tones visually represented as a rotating colored bar that moves around the outside of a circle. You press the "Heard It" prompt whenever you hear a tone, which varies in pitch throughout the test. The rotating bar around the circle turns green or red when you succeed or fail at hearing the test tone. Inside the circle is a percentage indicating how much of the test you've completed. When finished, you are presented with an audiogram (500 Hz to 6 kHz) with areas noting normal to profound hearing loss and a summary of your results. You can name your test, and it's kept within the app for future reference.

Uhear Hearing Test App

uHear hearing test app. On right: The bar on the outside of the circle flashes red when you miss a test tone, green when you've heard it. Middle: Summary of results of a colleague with slight-to-mild hearing loss. On right: Explanation and recommendations for follow-up.

4) HearingTest.Online: Most comprehensive online test

HearingTest.Online is a passion project by Dr. Stéphane Pigeon, a professional audio engineer and sound designer. Following a personal hearing incident, he built his own online hearing test.

Dr. Pigeon’s test takes a bit of patience and focus since everything is compacted into a single page, rather than letting you click through multiple short steps. While it may feel more difficult, the test results are instant, and you don’t have to share your contact data.

First, you use the hand-rubbing technique to calibrate your volume, a method that Dr. Pigeon claims he invented. Then you scroll down and complete the test grid for both ears or each ear individually. Scroll further down to see your personal audiogram, which you can print, save, or bookmark. Click the “Overlay” button to see which everyday sounds correspond to different frequencies and volumes.

The standard test covers frequencies from 250 Hz to 8000 Hz (or 8 kHz). Further down on the page, however, you can switch to different test versions, adding additional frequencies in the lower (bass) or higher (treble) range. No other online test offers a more granular screening.

Hearing Test Online

On left: The test grid for assembling your audiogram for each ear (or both). On right: the "overlay" on the audiogram to see which sounds correspond to different volumes and frequencies/pitches.

5) Check Hearing: Best speech-based test

Check Hearing is a project by Dr. Christopher Chang, an ENT doctor in Virginia. He created the site to offer his patients online hearing tests during the pandemic. Initially, he licensed the hearing test developed by Dr. Stéphane Pigeon (see above), but later added his own modules.

Check Hearing offers one of the best speech comprehension tests available online. The Word-In-Noise (WIN) test uses Speech Reception Thresholds (SRTs) and lets you try both ears or each ear separately. Instead of the hand-rubbing calibration, this module instructs you to set a comfortable volume. Next, you tap the tiles corresponding to the words you hear spoken. Once completed, you receive an instant result.

Check Hearing Online Test

On left: Check Hearing online speech comprehension test. On right: Results of my test (Note: I have a unilateral hearing loss in left ear).

As noted, the website also provides several other modules for hearing screening, including a Home Online Hearing Test (similar to the above HearingTest.Online) which yields a simulated audiogram, Pulsed Tone Hearing Test Using Sliders to assess noise hypersensitivity or "hyperacusis," Overall Percent Hearing Loss Calculator, and Projected Hearing Loss Calculator. We did not evaluate these tests.

6) Soundly: Most intuitive test

The Soundly hearing test was developed by an independently-owned online marketplace for hearing aids and care.

This test features an intuitive user interface and comprehensive frequency testing. First, you complete a short questionnaire, then you calibrate your volume—but just as you’re ready to start the test, you need to enter your name and email address to proceed.

For the test itself, you move six sliders for six different sounds, one at a time, until you can barely hear each sound. You do this for each ear individually.

Soundly Hearing Test Results Ts

On left: Soundly hearing test screen. On right: Results of author's test.

This simple routine creates a basic audiogram that covers frequencies from 250 Hz to 8 kHz. Soundly, HearingTest.Online and MDHearing are the only other online hearing screeners we tested that cover this frequency range.

Keep in mind that your results depend on how well you calibrate your volume. While the audiogram might not be accurate in absolute terms (e.g., if your volume was too low), the trend is dependable.

7) MDHearing: Fastest test that yields an audiogram

MDHearing is an online hearing aid brand. The company offers a no-nonsense hearing test that’s easy, fast, and visually pleasing. There’s no questionnaire, but you do have to enter contact data to start the test. Then you set the lowest audible volume for six different frequencies, one ear at a time. At the end of the test, you get a left and right ear overview, as well as an audiogram with a more detailed interpretation of your results.

Mdhearingaid Hearing Test

MDHearing Aid hearing test for author. Top right: Testing of the left ear by setting the lowest audible volume you can hear. Top left: Test results for right and left ear, indicating different degrees of hearing loss. Bottom: Simulated audiogram with hearing loss shown by frequency/pitch.

Like Soundly, MDHearing’s test covers a wide frequency range, from 250 Hz to 8 kHz. But even though we used the same setup, our MDHearing results differ quite significantly from Soundly. The difference is the way the two screeners calibrate volume. MDHearing’s test operates at 100% volume, while Soundly lets you calibrate the volume using the sound of your hands rubbing together. Neither method is perfect. What matters is that the trends seen in both hearing tests are comparable.

If you do decide to take MDHearing’s test, remember to lower your volume when you’re done! There won’t be a reminder to do so.

9) Audicus: Most thorough test

Audicus sells its own line of online hearing aids, including subscription hearing aids.

The Audicus online hearing test can be frustrating, but only because it’s thorough. After entering your vital data and contact information, the test takes you through frequencies from 500 Hz to 8 kHz, one ear at a time. When you hear a sound, you press the spacebar on your keyboard, otherwise you click the “Not Heard” button. The test will retry sounds you couldn’t hear, and it will run through the whole test twice to ensure accurate results. Once the test completes, you’ll receive an over all score, along with left and right ear results.

Note: I had to cheat to complete this test since my unilateral hearing loss triggered a recommendation to consult a specialist. If you have unilateral hearing loss, that indeed is exactly what you should do!

Audicus Online Hearing Test

Audicus hearing test. On left: Testing for hearing tones in left ear. On right: Results of hearing test and explanation of results.

8) Shoebox: Quickest left/right ear test

Shoebox is a provider of online hearing screening technology. Its website offers one of the few online hearing tests that don’t collect personal data, and that’s because they’re not selling hearing aids. However, we should mention that Shoebox is part of the WS Audiology (WSA) group, the parent company of hearing aid manufacturers Signia and Widex.

Following a short questionnaire about your perceived hearing ability, Shoebox guides you through the audio setup. The hearing check tries each ear individually. First, you calibrate the test volume, then you set the lowest volume you can hear for each of four different sounds. Once you’ve done this for both ears, you’ll get your results.

Shoebox Online Hearing Test Ts

Results from the Shoebox online hearing test.

10) ReSound: Quickest speech in noise test

ReSound is a hearing aid brand that’s part of the GN Group, one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world.

ReSound’s online hearing test focuses on speech comprehension. It doesn’t probe specific frequencies and you don’t have to provide contact data to see the results. The test starts with a brief questionnaire, followed by somewhat vague setup instructions; I set my volume to 50%. You’ll hear combinations of words or numbers with increasing background noise. Although each ear is tried individually, the result doesn’t mention whether one ear is worse than the other, nor any other details about your test.

Resound Online Hearing Test Ts

ReSound online hearing test. On left: Selecting the words/numbers you hear during the test. On right: My results as someone with a unilateral hearing loss.

Other Online Hearing Tests I Tried

Below are a few online hearing tests that didn’t make our top picks, and why:

  • Beltone: Tests speech comprehension with background noise for both ears at once using spoken numbers only. Requires a name, email address, phone number, and ZIP code before you can see results.
  • Eargo via Clementine: This hearing screener tests each ear individually, but you only get the result for your “bad” ear. You must provide a name, email address, and phone number to access this result.
  • Speech-in-noise test. Tests speech comprehension with background noise for both ears at once using spoken numbers only.
  • Hearing Test: An Android app with good user ratings that includes a hearing threshold test for frequencies between 125 Hz to 10 kHz and a speech intelligibility test using spoken digits-in-noise. Both tests are well-designed, testing each ear separately, and storing results for future reference. However, a normal-hearing person aged 18-35 needs to calibrate the hearing threshold test for you, though you can skip the calibration by entering Demo mode.
Hearing Test Android App

Hearing Test app for Android devices, with right ear shown in red and left ear shown in blue (reflecting my unilateral hearing loss).

  • hearWHO: Available as a smartphone app only. Tests speech comprehension with background noise for both ears at once. Saves your results, so you can monitor how your hearing changes over time.
  • Jabra Enhance (GN Hearing, formerly Lively): Only tests your hearing from 500 Hz to 4 kHz, and you must enter your name, email address, and phone number to see basic results; no audiogram.
  • eChalk: Here's a very quick fun test! Instead of giving you a standard hearing test that results in a hearing profile, eChalk gives you your "hearing age" based on the highest-pitched sound you can hear, based on normative audiometric scores.
Echalk How Old Is Your Hearing

Following a frequency sweep, eChalk gives you "Your hearing age" based on hearing health data.

  • MED-EL: Offers three hearing screeners: speech in noise, everyday life (questionnaire), and a test for your child.
  • Phonak (Sonova): Frequency range limited to 1 to 6 kHz, but doesn’t test both ears for all four levels. Requires that you enter an email address to receive the results.
  • Starkey: Tests everyday sounds, as well as speech comprehension with background noise for both ears at once using spoken words. Great for testing speech comprehension. Since it doesn’t test each ear individually, it found that my results were consistent with someone who has normal hearing, meaning it missed my unilateral hearing loss.

Should you consult a professional?

An online hearing test is a preliminary result, not a diagnosis. If an online test suggests that you have hearing loss, make an appointment with a hearing care professional to verify these results and rule out underlying conditions. Immediately consult a doctor if you have experienced recent changes in your hearing, dizziness, pain, discharge, or ringing in your ears (tinnitus). We recommend a free, confidential online tool called CEDRA (Consumer Ear Disease Risk Assessment) from Northwestern University and Mayo Clinic to help rule out medical issues.

How accurate are online hearing tests and apps?

Although some of these tests appear to be quite good, you should be guarded about the accuracy of online hearing tests in general. These apps are helpful, but nothing will beat an audiogram administered by a skilled clinician in a sound booth using calibrated equipment. A hearing care professional can also look for factors like earwax, hidden hearing loss, and other medical conditions.

Acknowledging this, online hearing tests and apps can serve as valuable, easy, and free tools for screening your hearing. And some researchers are now examining their accuracy. For example, a study in 2022 looked at the Mimi and uHear (Unitron) apps. They concluded the Mimi Apple (iOS) version “had a high sensitivity, specificity…and no significant differences between the hearing levels it measured compared to those measured by standard audiometric testing, rendering it an accurate mobile application to use for a remote hearing assessment.” While the uHear app was slightly less accurate in the lower frequencies, its results were also pretty good.

In 2020, researchers at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins analyzed 44 unique apps for detecting hearing loss and made the point that only some have been independently verified for accuracy. This is still essentially the case. That’s why it’s a good idea to take at least a couple of the above tests when screening your hearing.

Tina Sieber Phd

Health Writer

Tina Sieber is a technology journalist with over 10 years of experience and a PhD in Biochemistry. Following an episode of sudden one-sided hearing loss, she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor in 2018. She has since started writing about hearing loss and reviewing hearing aids for major tech publications.