Free Over-the-Phone Hearing Tests in May

An estimated 36 million people in the United States have significant hearing loss, and diabetes appears to be linked to the development of certain kinds of hearing impairment. If you’re concerned that you may have hearing loss, you’ll want to sign up for free, over-the-phone hearing tests being offered in May.

In recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month, hearing-aid provider MDHearingAid and the National Hearing Test have partnered to offer this scientifically validated telephone screen. The test can help determine if you need a complete hearing evaluation.


To take the test, participants listen to three-digit sequences and then use their phone keypad to enter what they hear. Results for each ear are provided immediately after the test. Those whose results indicate “slightly below normal” or “substantially below normal” hearing are given information on how to obtain a complete assessment from a hearing professional in their area.

People who sign up will receive an e-mail containing an access code and additional details on how to take the test.

The free hearing tests will be available for a limited time. To learn more, and to sign up, visit the MDHearingAid website.

This blog entry was written by Senior Digital Editor Diane Fennell.