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 test 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.
Hearing Evaluation FAQs
1. Why is a hearing test necessary?
There are so many reasons to have a hearing test! Statistics show hearing loss is linked to a multitude of problems including cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. Not only is untreated hearing loss often linked to other medical conditions; but studies have also shown significant social repercussions. Hearing is such an important part of our lives and affects multiple facets of it, which is why this quick and easy evaluation is essential.
2. How much does a hearing test 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. How is a hearing test performed?
A hearing test is comprised of three main parts: air conduction, bone conduction, and speech evaluation. Each of these tests are completed in a sound-proof booth with the patient wearing headphones and responding to tones, frequencies, and words. The testing lasts one hour, is completely painless, and has no side-effects.
4. What is the difference between a hearing test at a walk-in hearing aid office "free" hearing test vs. an audiology office?
Audiology offices and free clinics are both fighting the good fight against hearing loss; but there are some major differences! The reason the test is "free" is that it is not considered a hearing test by insurance companies because it is by definition a test to sell hearing aids not a diagnostic hearing test. An audiologist's goal in testing your hearing is finding the specific causes behind a potential hearing loss, and following up with appropriate treatments. Oftentimes, walk-in clinics are a one-stop-shop with no personalized follow-up care available. There are also a number of specialized tests available in an audiology office that allow for better characterization of a hearing loss.
Have a question we didn't answer? Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to walk you through the ins-and-outs of hearing evaluations!