It’s not about hearing, it’s about communication, brain
health, and mindful aging.
Hearing care is health care! Our hearing is just as important for our well-being as our teeth and eyes, and should be checked regularly. Even if you've never noticed hearing difficulties, scheduling a baseline hearing evaluation is a good idea. This baseline evaluation will give you definitive information about your hearing abilities, and allow your audiologist to track any changes in hearing over time. Testing of all ages takes about 45 min. to 1 hour and is completely painless.
A comprehensive hearing evaluation is performed in a sound-proof booth and will involve both listening and/or responding to different types of sounds, presented using a variety of equipment. The evaluation lasts one hour, which includes time for explanation of results and recommendations. Your audiologist will use the results to screen for outer or middle ear disease (abnormal pressure or fluid), determine hearing status including the effect of noise on speech understanding, and the state of the inner ear and neural structures related to hearing.
Hearing Evaluation FAQs
1. Why is a hearing evaluation necessary?
There are so many reasons to have a hearing evaluation! Hearing and spoken language are most people’s primary method of communication. In other words, hearing helps us connect to other people. Furthermore, statistics show hearing loss is linked to a multitude of problems including cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. Hearing care is basic healthcare, and healthy ears are important for a healthy and alert brain.
2. How much does a hearing evaluation cost?
The maximum out-of-pocket estimate for a hearing test is $265.00 at our office. A large number of insurance companies (including Medicare) will normally cover a portion of testing and consider it a form of preventative care! We strongly recommend reaching out to your insurance company before your appointment to see what type of benefit you have.
3. What is the difference between a walk-in hearing aid office "free" hearing test vs. a comprehensive hearing evaluation at an audiology office?
Audiology offices and free clinics are both fighting the good fight against hearing loss; but there are some major differences! A “free” hearing test is not considered a diagnostic exam by insurance companies because it is, by definition, a test to sell hearing aids. An audiologist's goal in evaluating your ears and hearing is to determine to heath and status of the outer, middle, and inner ear and following up with appropriate recommendations or treatments. There are a number of specialized testing available in an audiology office, performed by a doctorate-level provider that allow for better characterization of a hearing loss.