Hearing in Noise Test (HINT)

This test measures how well you can hear speech in quiet and noisy settings. This is known as your sound to noise ratio (SNR).  You will repeat sentences that you hear in both a quiet environment and in a noisy one.  A higher SNR indicates that you may have trouble hearing in noise.

The test consists of 4 conditions:

1 - Sentences are presented noise-free
2 - Sentences are presented with competing noise in front of you
3 - Sentences are presented with competing noise to the right of you
4 - Sentences are presented with competing noise to the left of you

You are given either a ‘pass’ or a ‘fail’ for each condition.  Other than determining your SNR, the HINT test is useful for finding suitable solutions for hearing loss.