One of the questions we get asked most frequently is: Where do I get my hearing checked? Well, first you need to go to an audiologist, a professional who is able to diagnose your hearing loss. Read on for our tell-all blog about where to get a hearing test and where you can find an independent audiologist or audiology franchise.
Hearing Test At School
For students who are in grades K-12, the nurse’s office is able to administer a hearing test. Some universities also have a speech and hearing clinic on campus and are able to offer their students hearing tests as well. If you work at a university, you may have access to on-site hearing tests.
Hearing Test at ENT Office
The Otolaryngologist’s or Ear, Nose and Throat doctor’s office usually has an audiologist on staff. You can call ahead to make an appointment.
Visits to the audiologist at the ENT office mean you can kill two birds with one stone. If they recommend a medical evaluation, you can be seen by the doctor for any ear, nose or throat issues.
Hearing Test at a Wholesale Store
Places like Costco or Sam’s Club not only carry hearing aid batteries on the cheap, but also offer hearing tests in their hearing aid centers. The hearing test is free, but you will want to call in advance because appointments get booked quickly. Many people have to wait a few weeks for a test.
For a Costco store locator, click here.
An Audiology Franchise for Hearing Tests
Places like Miracle Ear and HearUSA, audiology chains located all over the country, provide hearing tests and sell hearing aids. You’ll need to schedule an appointment with the audiology franchise and make sure to request a copy of your hearing test.
The Independent Audiologist of Hearing Tests
With the advent of the internet, you can easily search for where to get your ears checked by the audiologist. Using websites like ZocDoc, simply put your zip code in to see practicing independent audiologists and know where to get a hearing test in your area.
You can also put in your insurance information to see which audiologists take it. ZocDoc also has rating systems in place to help highlight the best audiologists in your area. You can also find a local audiologist at HealthyHearing.com.
Hearing Tests: Where NOT to go
For a hearing aid test, do not turn to the interwebs! Though there are plenty of online tests available to give you a first impression on how well you hear, use them for informational purposes only as they are not able to replace a professional hearing evaluation. Soon there may be more accurate hearing tests online, so check back with Audicus to find out where to get a hearing test!