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Audiometry

How much do you know about your own hearing ability? An audiometry test is the most common way of measuring your hearing. In most countries, you can request one from your regular doctor, who will normally be able to do the test, and in other cases will refer you to an audiologist for the test. In this case, you will most likely have to pay something for the service. If you are serious about your ears, it is worth taking a test with a professional as they use high quality calibrated equipment. It should take no more than 20 minutes. The audiologist plays a series of tones and sounds and you must click a button when you hear the noise. This measures your threshold of hearing across the frequency range (from bass to treble).

If you don’t want to spend the time or money, why not take an online test at home? Of course online tests cannot be taken as 100% absolutely accurate due to the differences in your own test setup (which headphones etc), they will highlight any relative differences between left and right, and if you have a good pair of natural-sounding headphones, your test results should indicate your ability to hear across the frequency range.

For the unemployed/bedroom producers who have a bit more time on their hands, why not take several different online tests and study the results for similarities. Then, try the same test with 2 or 3 sets of headphones. If you see the same peaks and dips reappearing, then you can be sure that this is a true characteristic of your hearing and not due to your Beats headphones.

If you know your headphones don’t quite make the cut,

 

If you think you have a real problem with your hearing, book an appointment with your doctor to have it checked out properly, and make sure to protect those ears and prevent any further damage! You can read our guide to hearing protection here.

 

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