Testing for Congenital Amusia

Jake Mandell is a resident at Brigam and Women’s Hospital and a musician. He developed a test that you can take online to test for congenital amusia, more commonly known as tone deafness. Try it out and see how you do.

It’s purposefully designed to be pretty tough to do. I scored 86.1%, which he lists as “very good performance.” Want to brag or commiserate about your score? Leave it in the comments.

Kathleen Blackmer

What about being profoundly deaf since birth and I’m also tone-deaf. I’ve been fitted with a cochlear implant at the age of 40 and I still cannot recognize the notes I play, even if I played it again and again. I never know if I’m playing the same song or not. I love playing Magic Piano even though I cannot get the tempo right, I just tap on the dots as they comment down and people think I’m playing like I can hear. What do you think of that. I know that only 4% of the population has Congenital Amusia but what is the statistic on being afflicted with both profound deafness and tone-deafness? My brother is also moderate to severe hearing loss but he can understand music whereas I cannot. I’m just now finding out about Congenital Amusia and I’d like to know what anyone out there has to say about my condition? Sorry if I’m asking it on here, I just didn’t know where to go to ask this question, or if anyone knows where to direct me to a certain website. Thanks!

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