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Headphone test – Description, Selection, Methods, Tips, and More


How is a sound recording test performed?

Windows XP

For Headphone test, open the sound recorder by pressing the Start button, then Accessories, Entertainment, and finally Sound Recorder.

Click the record button to start recording.

Speak into the microphone in your hearing aid for about 10 seconds, and then click the Stop button.

To verify that the microphone in your hearing aid is working correctly, listen to your recording by pressing the Play button.


If the hearing aid works in the sound recorder but not in another software application.

The problem is isolated in your software application—contact application technical support for assistance.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  • Click the Start menu, point towards Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  • Double click on the Sound icon.
  • On the Playback and other Recording tabs, select the Plantronics headset as the default device.
  • While in the Recording tab, speak and see the meter to the listed headset’s right as you talk into the microphone.
  • If the meter goes up and down as you talk, then the microphone is working.
  • On the Sounds tab, first, click one of the best sounds listed under Program Events and then click the Test button.
  • You should hear your chosen sound in the hearing aid.


  • Mac doesn’t have a sound recorder; however, it allows you to see the microphone’s input level.
  • Click the Apple logo in the upper-most left corner, and then click System Preferences.
  • And Click Sound
  • Click on the Input tab
  • Click on your Plantronics headset.
  • Speak into the microphone.
  • The entry-level should fluctuate as you speak.

Sound Headphone test troubleshooting

  • If you can’t get a good test, it may be because the hearing aid may be muted.
  • Tip: On some wired headphones, the muffler is located on the cable.
  • The volume may be set to very low in the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties window in the Windows Control Panel.
    You may have a loose USB connector.
  • In Windows XP, the Plantronics USB Audio device or headset is not selected as the default audio recording device.
  • The “Use only preferred, or default device” box is not checked.

What kinds of tests will you do in the audio lab?

  • UL will verify subsonic and ultrasonic (HD audio) performance demands by authenticating and evaluating quality measures.
  • Such as frequency response, THD, signal-to-noise ratio, phase, crosstalk, sample rate, and bit depth capability.

How will you perform the audio test?

  • To test HD audio quality, we run what we call an objective test.
  • During this test, we put a headset on a head and torso simulator.
  • The head and torso system measures the frequencies produced by the product.
  • For the subjective test, we will form a panel of 30 consumers and five chosen industry professionals.
  • Each participant must complete a questionnaire of approximately 40-50 questions while listening to different music types.
  • We then produce a report for the manufacturer that shows the results and what people think about the headphones’ sound quality.

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