A common question many people who are experiencing hearing loss ask, is whether they can still pass their hearing test and find they have problems with their hearing. The truth is, it’s all to do with the severity of hearing loss. As hearing loss becomes more severe, there is less chance of passing. However, you can still have some issues present with your hearing and pass the test. You might not be able to hear certain sounds, but you may be able to hear certain frequencies and tones. 

More about your hearing and hearing tests

Your hearing allows you to hear different frequencies. Depending on the condition of your ears, you may be able to hear lower or higher sounds than other people. The tester behind your hearing exam will test for the different frequencies you can hear. Even if you can’t hear some low noises, you may still be able to pass the test. Some people also find it easy to hear in a quiet room, but struggle in a room with background noise – this can impact the test. 

You may also be able to pass the test if you ensure you are in the right frame of mind. For example, that you focus, that you have had a good amount of sleep and that you have eaten breakfast so that hunger does not distract you. Staying calm is also a must. Some people also like to close their eyes so that they can focus on nothing but their hearing. This is not a test that you should panic about. If you don’t pass, it simply means that you will become aware of any issues you are experiencing and come up with a plan to improve them. 

Failing the hearing test

You may take all the advice here and still fail the hearing test. Don’t panic – this is outside of your control and having hearing problems is not the end of the world. All you will need to do is work on a solution and keep your ears safe. A qualified audiologist will be able to advise you on the steps to take, as well as hearing aid that is right for you if you need one. 

It’s important to protect the hearing you do have, as well as select a hearing aid that is right for your budget, lifestyle and other needs. 

Why do some forms of hearing loss go unrecognized? 

The reason some forms of hearing loss may go unrecognized in the clinic is that hearing involves a complex partnership between the ear and the brain. The central auditory system can compensate for significant damage to the inner ear by turning up its volume control, partially overcoming the deficiency. This means that although you may be able to hear ok in quiet situations you may struggle to hear when there is background noise. These things need to be accounted for and will be accounted for when you are tested by a trusted audiologist. 

What if you pass a test but still feel like you can’t hear?

If you have taken a hearing test and have been told your hearing is fine, you still need to get answers if you’re experiencing problems hearing. It might be the case that your ears are fine, but your auditory nerve or your brain may have problems processing sounds or other sensory input. 

  • Auditory processing disorders (APD): This means the nervous system struggles to make sense of the sounds coming in from the ears. This is commonly diagnosed in children.
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD): This can make it hard for the brain to keep up with the incoming sensory inputs, including noise. This means you may pass a hearing test but still struggle to 

You may worry about your performance when taking a hearing test, but all you need to do is your best. If you do your best, you will be in a better position to figure out what problems you are experiencing and what you can do about them. 

You can learn more about Quality Hearing & Audiology Center by calling us at 816-233-0022. A friendly member of staff will be waiting to speak to you and discuss what has been going on with your hearing, before booking an appointment to find a solution. We hope to hear from you soon!