I normally wear hearing aids because I was told I need them by two experts, my wife and my audiologist.
I’ve always wondered why some organization to help the hard of hearing doesn’t put an initial screening program on the web.
But Mental Floss provided a link to a test to see if you are tone deaf.
Researcher Jake Mandell has created an online test which measures pitch perception as well as musical memory. The test plays two brief passages of very similar music back-to-back, and you press a button to indicate whether you think the tunes are the same or different.
It’s not an easy test, the differences are sometimes very subtle. Don’t take this test if you can be distracted by activities or other sounds. I took it without earphones, but will try it with earphones to see if I can improve.
I scored a 72.2% which is in the normal range.
I thought my tinnitus might effect the results, so I was pleased with being normal.
Check it out, it’s fun and apparently the results are being kept in a database.
There also is a rhythm test if you fancy yourself to be Phil Collins (who also has a hearing loss.)
If my wife would only sing her conversations with me, I think I could ditch the hearing aids.
UPDATE: 83.3% in quieter room and with my eyes closed to concentrate better.