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Baseline Testing

Most adults received their last hearing test when they were in grade school. It is a good idea to have your hearing checked when you are an adult at least once at your annual physical.

This test becomes your baseline test, so that later, if you do suffer hearing loss, your audiologist can compare your loss to your baseline. This will create a better picture as to how severe your loss is, so that you can be treated appropriately.

Things you should know about getting a baseline hearing test:

  • Have one at least once in your adult life. (Ages 21-60)
  • Your primary care doctor can perform a basic hearing test, or you can schedule a hearing test at Hopkins Hearing, the Outpatient Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for a screening test. We have other convenient locations where you can have your hearing tested.
  • Your audiologist will most likely give you an audiogram. Test results will be plotted on an audiogram and these results will be reviewed with you. Learn to interpret the results of your audiogram.
  • If your audiogram demonstrates you have hearing loss, you may be required to take further hearing tests. If your audiologist determines your hearing loss is not significant, you do not need to be tested again, unless your symptoms change.

Baseline hearing testing is also a good idea for children who are school-age.  This test can be administered at Hopkins Hearing.  You should have your child tested if:

  • Your child experienced many ear infections
  • You notice that your child may not always hear you
  • Your child’s teacher suggests that your child should have his or her hearing checked

Learn more about pediatric hearing testing.