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A Comprehensive Guide to Hearing Tests & Assessments

Hearing tests and assessments are invaluable tools for evaluating your hearing health.

In this guide, we will explore the significance of hearing tests and how you can access hearing assessments, including our free hearing assessment

Patient taking a hearing test with headphones.

The Importance of Hearing Assessments:

Hearing tests, also known as hearing assessments, are non-invasive procedures designed to gauge an individual's hearing abilities.

Hearing tests, also known as hearing assessments, are non-invasive procedures designed to gauge an individual's hearing abilities.

Pure-Tone Audiometry:

  • Involves listening to various tones through headphones at different frequencies and volumes.
  • Patients respond when they hear each tone, enabling professionals to determine their hearing threshold.

Speech Audiometry:

  • Assesses one's capacity to understand spoken words.
  • Patients listen to words spoken at different volumes and repeat them, revealing their speech discrimination skills.


  • Assesses the mobility of the eardrum in response to air pressure changes.
  • Valuable for detecting middle ear issues.

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test

  • Measures the electrical activity in response to sounds, particularly assessing the auditory nerve and brainstem's reactions.

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Test

  • Evaluates sounds emitted by the inner ear (cochlea) in response to auditory stimulation.
  • Helps assess cochlear function.


Take our 5 minute hearing test to determine if you’re a candidate for hearing aids.

Accessing a Free Hearing Test

Finding a free hearing assessment is crucial for everyone. Here's how you can take advantage of the number of free assessments available.

Online Resources

Numerous online platforms offer free online hearing tests, including our very own assessment.

Local Hearing Centers

Many local hearing clinics and centers offer complimentary hearing tests.  Schedule an appointment with a licensed audiologist for a professional evaluation

Keep an eye out for community outreach events and programs that offer free hearing assessments. These events often provide valuable resources and professional support.

The Hearing Assessment Process

Registration and Medical History

Begin by filling out registration forms and sharing your medical history with the hearing specialist. . During a otoscopic examination, the audiologist may conduct an otoscopic examination to inspect your ear canals and eardrums, ruling out physical obstructions.

Pure-Tone Audiometry/Speech Audiometry

Wear headphones and respond to various tones at different frequencies and volumes to determine your hearing threshold.

Assess your ability to understand and repeat spoken words at different volume levels.

Based on the results, additional tests like tympanometry, ABR, or OAE may be recommended.

Consultation and Diagnosis:

After the assessment, the audiologist will discuss the results, provide a diagnosis, and suggest appropriate treatments if hearing damage is identified.


Free hearing tests and professional hearing assessments are essential for evaluating and preserving your hearing health. By understanding the process and utilizing free hearing assessment resources, you can ensure early detection of hearing issues and take appropriate measures to maintain or enhance your hearing abilities.

Don't hesitate to consult a qualified audiologist for a thorough evaluation when needed.

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Heather Andrews, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Andrews received her doctorate in audiology from East Tennessee State University in 2016, and she has worked with many people of all ages to help improve their hearing and balance. She currently specializes in hearing aids and telehealth audiology. She believes that hearing aids and audiological care should be accessible to anyone who needs it, and she works hard to provide training and information on available technology and resources to help people make the most of their hearing.

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