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How Much Does a Hearing Test Cost?

 
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A hearing screening includes a series of tests that evaluate the patient's ability to hear loud and soft noises, and sounds at high and low decibels.

Typical costs:

  • Hearing tests can cost nothing or can be as much as $250 for people without insurance, depending upon the clinic and the practitioner performing the test. Hearing specialists known as audiologists typically charge at the higher end of the price range. Many hearing aid vendors offer free hearing screenings, but may pressure the patient to purchase hearing aids through their company.
  • Most insurance companies cover routine hearing tests. However. patients should check with their carrier to see if regular copays and deductibles apply. Copays for office visits range between $5 and $75, depending upon the insurance company. The average insured individual in the U.S. has a $19 office visit copay.
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What should be included:
  • A hearing screening will begin with an oral evaluation. The practitioner will ask about any hearing difficulties or past infections. If the patient is a child, the doctor or audiologist will ask about any speech or learning issues.
  • The hearing test[1] should include a physical examination of the ear, during which the physician will use an otoscope to look at the middle ear and the eardrum. The screening will include tympanometry, which tests for fluid or pressure in the middle ear and perforation of the eardrum. The practitioner will insert a tool into the ear canal. This tool will release a sound wave and will measure how the sound waves moves within the ear.
  • Audiometry tests, also included, require that the patient listen for sounds of different decibels, pressing a button or saying something when the sound is heard. This test is given to make sure the patient is able to hear sounds that are both very high and very low.
  • Speech audiometry, another test in hearing screening, involves the doctor or practitioner determining at what level a patient can hear simple words. Some tests may include a balance test and a bone conduction test. These tests are typically given if some hearing problems are suspected. The hearing test will also include a discussion of the patient's results[2] .
Additional costs:
  • If hearing loss is detected, a patient will be a good candidate for hearing aids. Hearing aids cost between $100 and $6,000. See How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost.
Discounts:
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  • The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association maintains a list of state funding sources[3] for hearing tests and other audiology services. The association also provides patient with a list of local and private funding sources[4] .
  • Many hearing clinics offer free screenings, either all the time or during specific times of the year. Check with local clinics or offices about any free screening events or programs.
  • For a quick preliminary assessment, experts say online hearing tests work well. These tests, such as those offered by the University New South Wales[5] and the Better Hearing Institute[6] , can help patients determine if they need further assessment. These tests do not serve as a substitute for regular hearing checks with a professional.
Shopping for a hearing test:
  • Patients can schedule a hearing test with most physicians' offices or with a specialty clinic. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recommends that patient only work with an ASHA-certified professional[7] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Free at Sam's Club
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Posted by: Jeorge in West Palm Beach, FL.Posted: April 10th, 2014 09:04AM
Clinic or Facility: West Palm Beach FLInsurance: None
Hearing Aid Centers are in just about over 300 Sams Club's.
The test was free.
Non pressured sales environment.
Prices for hearing aids were 50% lower than all private practices and major franchises when comparing apple to apples.
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Child Hearing Test
Amount: $318.32
Posted by: Os in Madera, CA.Posted: September 30th, 2013 08:09PM
Clinic or Facility: Children's Hospital Central CaliforniaInsurance: Anthem Blue Cross
I had to test my child's hearing as recommended by his speech therapist. The total bill for a 5 minute evaluation was a wooping $769!
Audiology: $659 !!!(we were inside the booth no more than 5 minutes)
Clinic: $110
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Hearing Screen vs Hearing Evaluation
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Posted by: Riley Murphy in Boston, MA.Posted: July 14th, 2013 07:07AM
Please note that a hearing screen is a pass or fail test. Hearing screening can be completed by many providers because it does not require advanced training. A hearing evaluation, which is really an audiologic evaluation, should be completed by an audiologist who is the only professional trained to provide a diagnostic evaluation of the degree, type and site of the hearing loss, if present. Please make sure you have your hearing evaluated by a professional with appropriate training!!!
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Hearing Test
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Posted by: a user in Silverdale, WA.Posted: July 27th, 2012 09:07AM
Clinic or Facility: Miracle Ear, Silverdale WAInsurance: none
Free hearing test. They were very thorough and professional, from the video part of looking in my ears to explaining how my ears work. Definite hearing loss. The company had good discounts options.
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Free at Costco
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Posted by: ddt in cypress, CA.Posted: February 15th, 2011 12:02PM
Clinic or Facility: Costco Cypress, CAInsurance: none
The test was free and the result was normal.
Their business is to sell hearing aids.
I think we pay about $50 per year for Costco membership. Not sure if membership is needed to get hearing exam.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.asha.org/public/hearing/testing/assess.htm
  2.  www.earinfo.com/how-to-read-a-hearing-aid-test/
  3.  www.asha.org/public/coverage/p3AudFundingResources.htm
  4.  www.asha.org/public/coverage/p4AudFundingResources.htm
  5.  www.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/hearing.html
  6.  www.betterhearing.org/hearing_loss/online_hearing_test/index.cfm
  7.  www.asha.org/proserv/
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