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Testing 1-2-3: Where To Get A Hearing Test

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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 Online

There are plenty of online tests available to give you a first impression on how well you hear, and in most cases, we recommended using them for informational purposes only as they are not able to replace a professional hearing evaluation. However, Audicus’ Online Hearing Test is the first of its kind, accurate, online hearing test. Simply get into a quiet room with a set of headphones and 10-20 minutes of free time, and you’ll be on your way to learning more about your hearing fitness. Plus, Audicus can use your results to customize a set of hearing aids.

Note, we always recommend a full hearing test administered at an audiologist’s or ENT’s office since that gives the most holistic view of your hearing health. Still, Audicus is proud to offer a solution developed by hearing experts over the course of several years to give folks an idea of their hearing health.

by Esther Shasho

13 responses to “Testing 1-2-3: Where To Get A Hearing Test

  1. When I lived in the same city where I got my hearing aids, I went back to the audiologist (even three years later and she adjusted them). Now that I live in another state, I went to another provider and these people for a small fee checked, cleaned, and adjusted my hearing aids. Most probably you will need another hearing test before adjunting your hearing aids if your last test was long ago. I hope this helps you..

  2. The Miracle Ear dealer that I saw recently was a hearing aid dispenser — NOT an audiologist. Are some Miracle Ear dealers audiologists? Is it important to ask for an audiologist?

  3. Amazing blog. I really like to read about hearing test. If you also like to have an hearing test, then can visit the website of #homehealthclinic and get the details.Thanks a lot for sharing.

  4. I live in Louisiana and I am interected in a career as the person who is doing the hearing test. What’s the best way to do that? Been hitting alot of dead ends. I didn’t even know that this was an option as a career. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Rose, you can look into career training at Costco or Sam’s Club to begin with– they train and hire hearing aid dispensers.

  5. I think hearing tests are important and should be done with eyesight tests. That way you can find out if you might need a little help in either area. It’s good for children growing to get these tests done, because then you can get them the help that they need.

  6. One of my friends has been having trouble with hearing lately, and someone told him to just find a test online. We thought that would not be an entirely accurate representation of his hearing abilities, but I am not sure if he actually went yet. Your article is not the only one I have read online that says to not do this, so I will forward what I find on to him. Thanks for keeping things updated if there are some good hearing tests online out there.

  7. Recently, I have noticed that it has been harder and harder for me to hear things. I don’t know if people are generally speaking more quietly or if my hearing is impaired in any way. My best judgement, however, is the problem is the latter. I appreciate the insight that places like Costco or Sam’s club offer hearing tests. This makes it easy to go and get my ears checked– I will make my appointment soon. Thank you for sharing!

  8. It is really important to stay on top of your hearing. If you were to develop problems, you have a better chance of preserving your hearing by getting it checked. However, we don’t always realize when we are having problems, so how often should someone get a hearing test of this kind? Thank you for your informative article on how to get a free test like this and stay on top of your health.

  9. My grandma is having some pretty bad hearing problems, and she thinks she should go get a hearing test, to see if she should get hearing aids. So I really appreciate you talking about this, and letting me know where someone would go to get tested. I’ll definitely let my grandma know about this right away.

  10. Getting a hearing test: The audiologist that I called wanted a $1500 service fee and a commitment to continue coming back for hearing checks since I was not going to get hearing aids from her (Cumming GA). It is because people are buying online and side-stepping audiologists’ services. You must know that already. Why can’t the hearing aid test be administered using the hearing aids themselves? Why can’t they set themselves based on the beeps heard? Software and hardware to do that ought to be available. I went to an ENT here and that doctor’s audiologist (?) finished in less than 10 minutes and said I needed no hearing aids (which was untrue). It was bizarre and all because I wasn’t going to come back and get hearing aids from her. It seems to me that others would be having similar experiences.

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