A hearing test is a medical examination used to assess an individual’s hearing performance. It helps to determine the type and degree of a possible hearing loss. The process can include various tests, such as tone audiometry, speech audiometry and otoacoustic emissions. These tests can provide information on whether the hearing loss is sensorineural, caused by damage to the inner ear or auditory nerve, or whether it is caused by conductive hearing loss, i.e. problems with the middle ear. A hearing test is particularly important for people who have symptoms such as tinnitus, dizziness or difficulty hearing in noisy environments. It is also an important step in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders in children.