Hypernasality Screening

Hypernasality occurs when too much sound is transmitted through the nasal cavity. Try the following Nose Pinch Test to assess the amount of hypernasality.

Alternate pinching and releasing your nose saying:

(pinch) feet (release) feet
(pinch) beat (release) beat
(pinch) seat (release) seat

Listen for any of the pinched words "buzzing" in your nose. Since the words do not contain any nasal consonants, most of the resonance should have occurred in the mouth and throat cavities. Click on the box next to the phrase that most accurately describes the results of the Nose Pinch Test:


I didn't notice any buzzing.

I noticed buzzing on one word.

I noticed buzzing on two words.

I noticed buzzing on all three words.