About the speech in noise test

This simple test will indicate your ability to understand speech in noise; an early indicator of hearing loss is often difficulty understanding what someone says to you in a noisy place. During this test, you will hear several groups of three numbers spoken with a rushing noise in the background. After each group, simply enter the three numbers you heard by clicking a number pad on the screen.

You will be asked to repeat this process up to 27 times, depending on your responses, with a random selection of 3 numbers each time. The better you do, the quieter the speech will get – so the more difficult the test will become! Once you have completed the test, you will be given an indication of how well you understand speech in background noise and a suggestion for the next steps to take.

You may be interested in more information about speech in noise tests.

Important information:

The test is best performed using headphones. If you do not have headphones it is possible to perform the test using loudspeakers - but this should only be attempted in a very quiet environment.

More help is available to set up your computer for this test.

If you usually wear hearing aids, you should remove these before attempting the test.

  • Adjust the volume on your computer to a comfortable level
  • Take the test in a quiet environment.
  • Speech and noise will be played to both ears.
  • The test requires a fast Internet connection. If you hear silent intervals in the sound then your connection is not fast enough.

This test does not cover all aspects of hearing nor is it a medical diagnosis. It cannot assess your ability to understand speech through hearing aids. If you would like a full hearing assessment, visit your GP and ask for a referral to ENT or Audiology.

This test will only test the hearing in your better ear - and this will give a good indication of your ability to hear in social situations. 

However, we do recommend that you consult your GP if you suspect your hearing to be better on one particular side.

This test will not pick up problems with your outer or middle ear. If you are experiencing pain or discharge from your ears or feel you have a hearing loss regardless of the outcome of the test you should visit your GP.
This test has not been designed for use by children. Children should always be seen by a GP and referred for a full diagnostic test is there is any concern over their ears or hearing.


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