Hearing test in Singapore

Hearing tests assess your ability to hear sounds of different frequencies and volumes. They are painless and non-invasive, and can determine the type and severity of your hearing loss.

At Oticon Singapore, you can take our online hearing test or visit our partner clinic for an in-clinic test.


Take our online hearing test

Signs of hearing loss

In Singapore, at least 500,000 individuals suffer from hearing loss1.
The signs may vary depending on the severity of the loss, and can differ among both children and adults.


Some signs of hearing loss that you may observe in adults include:

- Frequently asking others to repeat themselves or speak louder

- Needing to turn up the volume on the TV or radio

- Misunderstanding what people say or responding inappropriately to what is said

- Feeling like other people are mumbling or not speaking clearly

- Difficulty understanding speech, especially in noisy environments

- Difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds

- Feeling fatigued or stressed after trying to follow conversations


Some signs that a child may be suffering from hearing loss include:

- Delayed or unclear speech, or difficulty with articulation

- Difficulty following instructions, especially in noisy environments

- Inconsistent responses to sounds, such as not reacting to loud noises or only responding to sound when looking directly at the source

- Needing the TV or radio volume louder than usual

- Speaking loudly or shouting when they don't need to

- Pulling, tugging, or scratching at their ears

Types of hearing tests

There are many types of hearing tests available. They can be classified into online and in-clinic tests. Certain in-clinic hearing tests are suitable for adults, while others are suited for children.

An online hearing test typically involves self-evaluation questions, a tone test and some listening situations.

It is designed to be short and often takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The test will offer a rough indication of your hearing capabilities.

You can take an online hearing test with Oticon here.

Take an online hearing test

These hearing tests are carried out at a hearing clinic in the presence of an audiologist. The tests are designed to diagnose hearing issues in adults.

Examples of hearing tests for adults include:

  • Pure Tone Audiometry
  • Speech Audiometry
  • Tympanometry
  • Otoacoustic Emissions
  • Immittance Testing
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
  • Auditory Steady-State Response (ASSR)
  • CAPD Assessment

These tests are suitable for babies, toddlers and children, and are able to identify a range of hearing issues.

Some hearing tests that are suitable for children of all ages, including infants, are:

  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
  • Auditory Steady-State Response (ASSR)
  • Oto-Acoustic Emissions (OAE)
  • Tympanometry


On the other hand, these hearing tests are suited to specific age groups:

  • 6 months – 3 years: Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)
  • 1.5 years and above: Speech Discrimination Test*
  • 2 – 6 years: Play Audiometry
  • 6 years and above: Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA)
  • 7 years and above: CAPD Assessment

*The speech material will differ based on the child's age

You can take our online hearing test from the comfort of your home. Alternatively, if you prefer to take a more comprehensive in-clinic test with an audiologist, you may book an appointment with our partner clinic, Hearing Partners.

Hearing Partners has 9 hearing clinics in convenient locations across Singapore. They offer hearing tests for both adults and children, and you will be able to receive your test results on the same day.


Book an appointment

  1. For the test, you will need your computer or smartphone. It is also best to use earphones or headphones to ensure more accurate results.
  2. Find a quiet room without any background noise to take the test.
  3. Set the volume of your device at 50% for comfort.


  1. Book a hearing test with Hearing Partners
  2. For at least 24 hours before your appointment, avoid visiting loud places* to prevent temporary hearing loss.
  3. Visit an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinic or a General Practitioner (GP) for earwax removal if you have severe ear wax build-up.
  4. Before the date of your appointment, ask a family member to accompany you for the test.
  5. Bring your identification card (IC) or passport for the appointment.
  6. During the test, keep yourself comfortable and relaxed.

*Loud places refer to places where you have to raise your voice to communicate with another person who is standing 1m away from you.

If it is your first time taking a hearing test, this is what you can expect from an online or in-clinic assessment.


Online hearing test

The online hearing test by Oticon will be presented in 2 parts:

1. First, you will be asked to listen to some sounds at different frequencies.

2. Next, you will be asked 3 short questions regarding your hearing in daily scenarios.

You will receive the results of the test immediately once the assessment has been completed. From the results, you will learn about:

- Your hearing capabilities at different sound levels

- Your hearing issues or challenges (if any)

- The recommended course of action (if any)


In-clinic hearing test

The in-clinic assessment at Hearing Partners will take place in 3 parts and span over 30 minutes

1. It will begin with a short consultation with your audiologist.

2. After the consultation, a physical examination of your ear will be carried out. This is to check for earwax blockages or other irregularities.

3. Next, you will take a detailed hearing test in a soundproof room. You will be tested on aspects such as tone and speech.

Your test results will be available on the same day and your audiologist will review the results together with you.