About the Speech Perception Test

Our free, clinically validated online Speech Perception Test (SPT) uses a series of carefully selected words to give you an accurate report of your current hearing levels.

Why do we use words instead of pure tones (“beeps”) to measure your hearing?

Pure tones are almost exclusively machine made—you’ll almost never encounter them in the real world. The SPT gives you information more relevant to your daily listening experience.

And you don’t need to be in a soundproof room to take it!

What’s more, hearing aids are made to improve the way you hear and interpret speech, so it makes sense to take a test that measures your ability to hear and interpret speech.

Here’s how it works:

A customer taking the Blamey Saunders word test

Listen, one at a time, to our randomised list of 50 phonetically balanced English words. Type what you hear into the box provided. Words are measured against their individual speech features.

The SPT generates information about your current hearing, and more.

At the end of the test you receive information on your hearing, broken down by Speech Feature. A glossary is available.

This gives you an easy to understand analysis of your hearing, using information that directly relates to your daily hearing experience. And it gives us all the information needed to set up your hearing aids, if you order them.

You can even use this test to measure the improvements hearing aids make to your hearing.

Please note:

This test shows you what you can and can’t hear, but it doesn’t tell you the cause of your hearing loss. Therefore, it is not a substitute for medical advice.

How to read the test results