My Hearing Explained

The audiogram is a valuable tool for hearing care professionals, but research shows that it can be difficult for clients and their communication partners to understand. My Hearing Explained is both a conversation guide for relaying hearing test results in person-centered terms, and a self-report tool for the client. It can be used throughout the appointment – during the case history, the explanation phase, and the management and planning phase.

What are the benefits?

  • Relate hearing test results in easy-to-understand language 
  • Help people explain their hearing loss to others
  • Save time in the appointment by focusing on what matters to your client
  • Guide your client through personalized recommendations based on their needs


Perspectives and insights

Why use My Hearing Explained?

Read more about the benefits for you and your clients of using this conversation guide to share hearing test results

How would you describe the audiogram? We asked the experts – professionals and people with hearing loss alike – what three words come to mind when they think of it.


The tool

My Hearing Explained

Download this tool to share hearing test results in a person-centered way. Click here to download the tool as an editable PDF.

Watch this tutorial on using My Hearing Explained to relay hearing test results in a person-centered way


Additional resources

My Hearing Explained for Children

Explain hearing test results in a child-friendly way

Counseling with the audiogram

An article co-authored by a team at Northwestern University and Ida looks at how the audiogram factors into clinical counseling (links to external site)

ASHA Voices podcast

Ida joined our partners at ASHA to discuss how My Hearing Explained can help hearing care professionals make hearing test results resonate with their clients (links to external site)

Watch Priya Carling at Kent Hearing use My Hearing Explained in an appointment.