Think you might have hearing loss? The National Hearing Test, developed by scientists with funding from the National Institutes of Health, is free in May in recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
Call 866-223-7575 and follow the directions provided. The test, a not-for-profit project available to anyone, takes about 10 minutes and regularly costs $8.
The test works by having callers listen to a series of spoken three-digit numbers (“3-5-1”) that are presented with a noise background. When the caller enters the numbers correctly, the next numbers are presented at a lower, more difficult level.
If an error is made, the next numbers are easier to hear. The user’s accuracy is measured in real time to determine the extent of hearing loss.
Learn more about the National Hearing Test at www.nationalhearingtest.org
Nearly half of adults over the age of 48 experience hearing loss. Yet, very few actually seek help. Hearing loss is irreversible, but if caught early, a person can take steps to keep it from worsening.
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