Test Your Hearing

Hearing Handicap Questionnaire

Answer Yes, No or Sometimes for each question. Do not skip a question if you avoid a situation because of a hearing problem. If you use a hearing aid, please answer according to the way you hear with the aid.

  1. Does a hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when you meet new people?
  2. Does a hearing problem cause you to feel frustrated when talking to members of your family?
  3. Do you have difficulty hearing when someone speaks in a whisper?
  4. Do you feel handicapped by a hearing problem?
  5. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when visiting friends, relatives or neighbors?
  6. Does a hearing problem cause you to attend religious services less often than you would like?
  7. Does a hearing problem cause you to have arguments with family members?
  8. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when listening to TV or radio?
  9. Do you feel that any difficulty with your hearing limits or hampers your personal or social life?
  10. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when in a restaurant with relatives or friends?

Scoring

Give yourself points for each answer: No = 0, Sometimes = 2, Yes = 4.

Total your score.

0-8 = no handicap; 10-24 = mild to moderate handicap; 26-40 = severe handicap

*Adapted from Ventry I, Weinstein B. Identification of elderly people with hearing problems. ASHA. 1983; 25:37-42.