This is helpful to do before you start smell training. You can then take the test again at a later date and see if you notice any changes.
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If you answered yes to these questions, your sense of “true taste” is probably healthy. If you answered no, you should ask your doctor for more information about taste disorders, known as dysgeusia.
If you answered yes to this question, you may have parosmia.
If you answered yes to this question, you may have phantosmia.
If you answered yes, you have some very minimal function of your sense of smell.
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Put on the blindfold and ask your helper to hold each item close to your nose one by one. You should not be able to see or touch the items.
Take your time and don’t remove the blindfold until you are finished. For each item, identify which of the following statements apply:
I'm not aware of the smell at all
I'm aware of something very very faint, but that’s all
I can smell something, but it doesn’t make sense to me.
The item smells very distorted and unpleasant to me
I am able to identify the smell
Ask your helper to write down your answers and any other comments you make about each smell.
Keep your results in a safe place. Do the self assessment again in a few months, after you have been smell training.
Use the same things again to test your sense of smell and see if you notice any changes.