Indiana: Guide to Hearing Loss

If you’re looking for hearing healthcare in Indiana, look no further! Let’s have a look at the various audiological opportunities on offer in Indiana.

How many test centers are in Indiana?

Indiana is pretty big, but not too populated when compared to other states. With “only” 6.7 million citizens, it comes in around the middle of the table for population numbers. So how does this compare to their amount of audiologists?

There are 188 audiologists throughout the state of Indiana

This is a solid amount of audiologists – and if you’re not worried about spending time travelling to larger cities, you’ll feel satisfied with your audiological care.

Cities with the best hearing healthcare

We’ve looked at the largest cities in Indiana to understand how covered the residents are, comparing the population size with the number of hearing aid centers and audiologists based there.

CityPopulationAudiologists & Hearing CentersCenters (per 100,000)
Indianapolis867,125384.4
Fort Wayne267,633124.5
Evansville117,9631411.9
South Bend101,8601615.7
Terre Haute60,7531118.1

Source: https://www.usahearingcenters.com/search-hearing-loss-by-city.html
Source: http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/indiana-population/cities/

Based on our figures, South Bend seems to be a relative audiological haven when you consider its humble population. Despite having larger populations, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne are comparatively lower on the scale, but still have a respectable amount of audiologists.

What government support do I have?

How can the government help you in your quest for better hearing? Here are the different government plans available, and what they offer you:

Firstly, and unfortunately, the ACA does not cover any kind of hearing aid or hearing aid services in Indiana. However, if you’re desperate for hearing aids and fall under certain demographics, such as certain age groups or disabilities, then Medicaid could be your answer.

It’s not a sure thing – like we said, you’ll need to fall under certain demographics. You’ll need to have a certain level of hearing loss, while certain models of hearing aids – notably canal hearing aids – won’t be covered.

What support do my children have?

If you’re looking for children’s hearing aid support, you’ll be happy to hear that children between the ages of 3 and 21 are eligible for up to $2,000 per hearing aid. Depending on what you’re looking for, this might not cover the whole cost, but even if it doesn’t, you won’t have much left to pay yourself.

What doctoral programs are available in Indiana?

If you’re looking to study audiology in Indiana, you have a few options. The listed doctoral programs in audiology are:

  • Ball State University
  • Purdue University
  • Indiana University

Support for military veterans

Hearing healthcare support for veterans is nationwide, with 170 centers across the country and two in Indiana. Not a breathtaking amount, but since you won’t need to be going in once a week, you can make a day of it.

Our guide on VA hearing aids goes into more detail about the support you have available.

How can I get my hearing tested?

A hearing test is the first step towards better hearing health and you can get tested for free in your local area by filling in this form. You'll see a qualified hearing consultant who will run a series of tests to determine if you have any hearing loss, and if you do, show you the best options moving forward.

Read our guide on what to expect from a hearing test to find out more about details, know what to bring with you and how long a hearing test might take.

Overall

Indiana does alright with its audiology healthcare. Children have a huge helping hand when it comes to getting a hearing aid, and those on Medicaid aren’t far behind.

You might be a bit further away from a hearing test administrator than you’d like, but since you’ll only need to go in once or twice a year, it won’t be a huge hassle to take a day or two to drastically improve your hearing.

Duncan Lambden

Duncan Lambden

Writer

Duncan is an Australian-born American-raised creative writer with a passion for healthy ears. He continues to build upon his audiology qualifications with research and various courses. Duncan has been working alongside Florida-based audiologist Lindsey Banks, Au.D., to make sure that Clear Living has the most up-to-date content.

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