Instructions to Take the Test

Take the test! If you're ready to take the National Hearing Test by telephone today, click the blue button to answer the questionnaire and pay the $8 fee, or, if you are an AARP member, click here to receive a free test. If you still have questions, please read the instructions and questions below.

What is the process for taking the National Hearing Test?

Taking the National Hearing Test is simple, convenient, and your results are confidential.

  • Complete a short questionnaire.

The National Hearing Test receives funding for its research from the National Institutes of Health. The data we collect on the gender, age, race and ethnicity of callers is optional and if entered it remains anonymous. But this data helps to show that the test is being made available to all age, ethnic, and racial groups in the U.S.

  • Purchase the test for $8 with your credit card, or, if you are an AARP
    member, click here to receive a free test.
  • When the charge is approved, you will receive an access code on your computer screen. If you gave your email address on the questionnaire, you will also get an email with the access code.
  • Find a landline telephone (one that plugs into a wall-mounted jack) in a quiet place to take the test. A cell phone can be used, but results are generally more accurate with a landline phone. If you use a cell phone, be sure you have a strong signal and a clear connection. Use ear buds with your cell phone if you have them, and remove the ear bud from the ear that is not being tested so that only one ear is tested at a time.
  • Dial the toll-free National Hearing Test number 1-866-217-0857, and enter your access code when asked.
  • Take the 10-minute test, in which you listen to numbers spoken through electronic noise, and enter the numbers you hear on your telephone keypad.
  • At the end of the test, there will be an automated message giving you the results for each ear. Write down those results.

After taking the telephone test, go to our web page After the Test for more information. There are links to professional organizations that list qualified hearing professionals in your area. There are also links to information about hearing loss and treatments.


If you are ready to take the test, click the blue button below.

Take the test!

Additional Questions

Why is there a questionnaire?
Why should I take the test in a quiet location?
Why shouldn’t I use a cell phone?

More questions? Go to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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