For the growing number of Americans who face hearing loss, the HouseEar Institute now offers a new online hearing test, HINT. Sig Soli,Ph.D. and head of the House Ear Institute, explains, “There is arange of signal-to-noise ratios in which people normally can understandspeech. HINT-FS tests at the upper limit of that range, so a personwith normal functional hearing will understand almost all of thesentences [in the test], while a person with abnormal hearing abilitywill not.” To use the test, your computer must have MicrosoftWindows and be Active-X-enabled. For more information, go to www.healthyconnections.com or www.hei.org.