What can Audiologist Explorer do for me?
It can be difficult finding the right kind of specialist to help you with your hearing loss. audiologists.org has created a comprehensive directory of the audiologists in your city and/or around the state to help you identify a specialist that fits your specific needs. Once you’ve identified a specialist or clinic you would like to visit, you can request an appointment through our online form. Yes, it’s as easy as that!
What to know before your visit
So you’ve decided to find an audiologist. That’s great news! It means you’re taking your first step on the journey toward reclaiming your hearing health. Of course, before you go to the audiologist, you want to make sure you’re prepared so you can have a productive visit.
There are some simple things to keep in mind before your first appointment.
Will my audiologist accept insurance?
Everyone’s insurance policy is different, so it’s difficult to say. Most Medicare plans do not cover hearing aids or exams for fitting hearing aids. Some Medicare Advantage plans offer extra benefits, including hearing health coverage, so it’s important to check with your provider.
You can call the audiologist ahead of time to see what kind of services may be covered by your particular insurance or Medicare plan. As a general rule, most insurance providers will cover a baseline hearing test.
However, advanced diagnostic testing, hearing aids, implants, and therapy sessions with either an audiologist or a speech-language pathologist may require authorization. Some insurance companies may authorize these services, while others may elect not to cover them.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 25 states require health benefits companies to cover some level of hearing loss treatment or support, whether it’s audiology services or the cost of hearing aids.
If you have any questions regarding your insurance provider and hearing loss treatment, it’s best to reach out to your benefits company directly.