See “Hearing test” to understand the differences.

A screening is performed to determine if a hearing loss is potentially present and if further examination is required. Screenings do not determine the actual degree of hearing loss and are taken over a reduced number of frequencies.

Unlike a hearing test, which is conducted by a qualified professional, the screening process may be carried out by a nurse at your local GP or hospital, or other unqualified person.

Online hearing tests are actually screenings as they cannot determine the extent of loss and are only an indication as to whether further examination should be sought.