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Hear, Hear

A scientifically validated test allows you to detect the severity of hearing loss without leaving home.
October 2nd, 2016 by: Misty Miloto

If you — or someone you know — suffers from hearing loss, you know how frustrating the situation can be. And while it may seem like it’s nothing more than a frustration, hearing loss is a serious condition. To find out just how serious, you can now take a free hearing screening via phone thanks to a new partnership between the National Hearing Test and MDHearingAid.

Developed with the support of the National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health, the NHT is providing this scientifically validated test that provides anonymous results within 10 minutes. Start off by registering for a free access code at mdhearingaid. com/hearingtest. After dialing in, you’ll listen to three-digit sequences and then use the phone keypad to enter what you hear. If your results indicate slightly below normal or substantially below normal hearing ability, you will be provided with information on how to obtain a more complete evaluation by a certified hearing professional in your local area.

“Fewer than half of the more than 36 million Americans with significant hearing loss have had their hearing tested,” says Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri, founder and CEO of MDHearingAid. “Yet untreated hearing loss frequently leads to a serious decline in quality –of life, including social isolation, problems on the job and even symptoms of dementia. This test is a simple and accurate screening that can help users determine whether they need a full in-office evaluation of their hearing.”