Child Hearing Test

Making Hearing Fun Again

This project was focused on creating a GUI in MATLAB to conduct a hearing test for young children. The algorithm implemented a two-alternative forced choice (2AFC) experiment to determine the decibel hearing range of the subject. Two stimuli were randomly generated, a standard sound and a random noise with a sine-wave tone, and based off the recognition of each sound, an adaptive procedure was used to identify the decibel hearing range.

The defining feature of this program was to create an interactive environment such that a young child would not be bored. In essence, a reward system was put in place to tell the child whether they identified the correct sound. A 2-down-1-up (2D1U) algorithm was implemented for determining the level of the next sound, which ultimately was used to test how low the subject could hear effectively.


This was my first major MATLAB project that implemented a user-interface to run the code. This was a fun project, and the algorithm addressed all the requirements successfully in the time given. An example of the GUI layout can be seen to the left along with sample results of the test. A summary of the entire project can be read here.