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You may notice this online hearing test is a little different. While we don’t think hearing loss is anything to bark about, we know it can be a challenging and sensitive topic to some. That’s why we chose to take a different approach to online hearing checks.

Based on your responses to a handful of questions about your day-to-day experiences, not only will you receive a general idea of your hearing ability, you’ll also learn more about a breed of dog with similar hearing. It’s our hope that through this light-hearted, but informative approach, we can make hearing loss something easier to talk about and seek treatment for!

according to your responses, you have poor hearing like a Dalmatian. Did you know Dalmatians are predisposed to deafness and only 70 percent have normal hearing?

We strongly recommend you schedule a complete hearing evaluation.

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To make sure you hear all the fun when you’re playing catch, a complete hearing test from a licensed practitioner is strongly recommended. Hearing loss is a treatable condition. Good health practices indicate a complete hearing test be performed on a regular basis as part of a physical examination or as recommended by your physician or audiologist. Call one of these providers near you and make an appointment today!

according to your responses, you have below average hearing like a bull terrier. Did you know a bull terrier’s coat color can be an indicator of poor hearing? Nearly 18 percent of all white bull terriers have unilateral deafness.

We strongly recommend you schedule a complete hearing evaluation.

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To make sure that you can hear when the kibble is poured into your bowl, a complete hearing test from a licensed practitioner is strongly recommended. Hearing loss is a treatable condition. Good health practices indicate a complete hearing test be performed on a regular basis as part of a physical examination or as recommended by your physician or audiologist. Call one of these providers near you and make an appointment today!

according to your responses, you have average hearing like a poodle. Did you know a poodle generally has average hearing, but is more prone to the occasional wax buildup which can lead to temporary hearing loss?

We recommend you schedule a hearing evaluation to rule out hearing loss.

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To make sure that you can hear when your name is called from another room, a complete hearing test from a licensed practitioner is strongly recommended. Hearing loss is a treatable condition. Good health practices indicate a complete hearing test be performed on a regular basis as part of a physical examination or as recommended by your physician or audiologist. Call one of these providers near you and make an appointment today!

according to your responses, you have above-average hearing like a Labrador retriever. Did you know Labrador retrievers are one of the most popular breeds for sight and hearing assistance dogs because of the combination of their easy-going demeanor and strong sight, smell and hearing range?

We recommend you schedule a hearing evaluation to get a baseline of your hearing ability.

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To make sure you can track that sound from miles away, you should consider getting a complete hearing evaluation from a licensed practitioner. This initial evaluation can be used to establish a baseline for your hearing ability. Good health practices indicate a complete hearing test be performed on a regular basis as part of a physical examination or as recommended by your physician or audiologist. Call one of these providers near you and make an appointment today!

according to your responses, you have excellent hearing like a German shepherd. Did you know the German shepherd's upright, cupped ear shape helps it to hear and fine-tune frequencies up to 1.5 miles away? This makes them ideal dogs for police work!

We recommend you schedule a hearing evaluation to get a baseline of your hearing ability.

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To keep your canine hearing sharp, be sure to get routine hearing checks in order to establish a baseline and monitor your hearing health. Good health practices indicate a complete hearing test be performed on a regular basis as part of a physical examination or as recommended by your physician or audiologist. Call one of these providers near you and make an appointment today!


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You reported the following symptoms of hearing loss: Expand All

You reported no symptoms related to hearing loss.

You reported the following conditions that can cause or occur with hearing loss: Expand All

You reported no conditions related to hearing loss.

You indicated you’ve either had disagreements with family and friends because you misunderstood what was said or you have been told to have your hearing checked. These symptoms can be indicative of hearing loss. Hearing loss usually occurs gradually and is sometimes not noticeable to the person with the loss. Close friends and family members are often the first to notice because with a hearing loss, you don’t always know that you misunderstood or didn’t hear something. Often the first sign of hearing loss is a misunderstanding of some words. Things may sound loud enough, but not always clear, which may cause you to hear mumbling. This can lead to disagreements or conflicts in relationships.

You indicated you’ve either had difficulty understanding conversations over the phone or you frequently increase the volume of the television. These symptoms can be indicative of hearing loss. Sounds may be loud enough to hear, but not clearly, as if people are mumbling or not speaking clearly. Or, you may need to turn up the volume to hear properly. If you struggle to hear conversations over the phone, first rule out that the telephone or connection is not the problem. Try other telephones and ask a loved one with good hearing to use the problematic telephone. Try using the telephone first with your right ear and then your left. If you have difficulty hearing on more than one telephone, if others don’t have difficulty with a telephone that you have difficulty with or if you notice a difference between your right and left ears, you may have a hearing loss.

You indicated you have difficulty understanding women or children when they speak. These symptoms can be indicative of hearing loss. Hearing loss sometimes manifests itself first in high pitches, both of which are common of women’s and children’s voices. This is known as high-frequency hearing loss. With this type of loss, low-frequency sounds, like men’s voices and vowel sounds, are heard normally or near normally, so the overall volume of sound is generally maintained. But high-frequency sounds, like women’s voices, children’s voices and many consonant sounds are not heard at the same level, which can create a lack of clarity.

People with high-frequency hearing loss usually hear better in quiet than in noise. This is because noise further masks some of the auditory cues that people with high-frequency hearing loss rely on to compensate for what they are missing in the higher pitches. They also hear better when the person speaking is facing them, because of the natural tendency to lip read. With high-frequency hearing loss, you may not be able to hear the difference between the words “fifteen” and “sixteen,” because “f” and “s” are both high-frequency consonants. But the difference is obvious if you are watching someone say those two words, because they look very different on the lips.

You indicated that you have a history of excessive loud noise exposure. You should know that repeated exposure to loud noise levels can and does cause hearing loss. How loud is too loud? Both the duration of exposure as well as the level of the noise are considered when determining if something is potentially damaging to your hearing. A good rule of thumb - if you have to raise your voice to be heard by someone standing within three feet of you, the noise around you is too loud and could damage your hearing. Hearing loss caused from excessive exposure to loud noise is preventable. Even if you’ve already experienced some loss, it’s not too late to prevent further noise-induced hearing loss from occurring.

You indicated you either can hear, but cannot always understand all the words, or that people don’t speak as clearly as they used to. Lack of clarity is indicative of hearing loss, because some frequencies are more affected than others. For example, hearing loss commonly affects high-frequency sounds first, which means women’s voices, children’s voices and many consonant sounds aren’t heard clearly. In contrast, low-frequency sounds, such as men’s voices, vowel sounds and background noises can be heard at normal volumes.

You indicated you sometimes nod in agreement even when you didn’t clearly hear what was said. Missing conversation is indicative of hearing loss. Nodding in agreement or ‘faking it’ is a strategy for dealing with the embarrassment which sometimes comes with hearing loss. This often backfires, especially if the person speaking asks a question or something requiring an explanation. This disrupts communication and can lead to further embarrassment, disagreements or hurt feelings. ‘Faking it’ may indicate denial of a hearing problem or avoidance.

You indicated you have a hard time understanding conversations in noisy places. Difficulty hearing in background noise is indicative of hearing loss. This is because hearing loss acts like a filter, making it difficult to clearly understand certain sounds or words, or reducing the volume of what you hear. In noisy places like a typical restaurant or party, noise acts like a filter, further masking sounds and words. In essence, when in noisy places, people with hearing loss are struggling to hear through two filters, making it difficult or impossible to understand what is said.

You indicated you have difficulty understanding all the words when a person speaking is at a distance. Difficulty understanding speech from a distance is indicative of hearing loss. Increasing the distance between the speaker and listener decreases the intensity or loudness of the speaker’s voice. In fact, every time you double the distance, the loudness of the voice is cut in half, making it more difficult to hear and understand. Hearing loss also negatively impacts the ability to understand. So if someone with a hearing loss is trying to understand words or speech presented from a distance, such as a lecture, religious service or from another room in the home, the combination of the negative effects of hearing loss, plus distance, make it difficult or impossible to hear clearly and understand what is said.

You indicated you had one or more of the following occurrences in the past 90 days: ear pain, drainage from the ear, dizziness, a sudden drop in hearing ability or a decreased hearing ability in one ear over the other. These are signs of ear conditions where medical attention is usually recommended and may occur with or without hearing loss. Speak to your physician about your symptoms. He or she may treat you or refer you to another medical professional, such as an otologist (ear doctor). In addition to medical follow-up, a comprehensive hearing evaluation may be recommended. Results from hearing evaluations are often used to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of ear conditions.

You indicated you’ve either felt embarrassed about asking people to repeat what they say or have avoided a social situation because of difficulty hearing. These signs are indicative of hearing loss and you are not alone. Hearing loss often manifests as difficulty understanding words or sounds and affects more than 30 million Americans of all ages. People with hearing loss sometimes report being able to hear people speak, but can’t always understand all the words, even when the volume is adequate. Symptoms may also include: turning up the volume on the television or radio, perception of people mumbling or not speaking clearly, lack of clarity when listening to speech and difficulty hearing in noise.

You indicated you have experienced ringing, buzzing or other noises in one or both ears. These symptoms are indicative of tinnitus or "ringing in the ears," which can be associated with hearing loss. Some people may hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking. Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom of another underlying condition of the ear, the auditory nerve or something else. Hearing loss often occurs in tandem with tinnitus.


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