Kentucky: Guide to Hearing Loss

Did you know that Kentucky’s full name is actually “Commonwealth of Kentucky?” If you live here, you probably did know that, but you may not know all about Kentucky’s audiology. If you don’t, we’re here to fill you in!

How many test centers are in Kentucky?

180 audiologists in Kentucky

There are approximately 180 audiologists in Kentucky. It was hard to get a solid read on this number, but this seems about right based on numerous sources. Even if it’s not dead accurate, it’s enough to still say that this is a good amount for a state with a population just over 4 million.

Cities with the best hearing healthcare

CityPopulationAudiologists & Hearing CentersCenters (per 10,000)
Louisville/ Jefferson620,800250.4
Lexington329,495200.6
Frankfort36,401246.6
Frankfort28,2153010.6
Somerset11,610119.1

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

For their populations, Kentucky’s cities aren’t exactly swimming in audiologists. They’ll get by – it’s not a state of audiological emergency – but they definitely have room for a couple more clinics to open their doors.

What government support do I have?

The only government service that offers financial relief in Kentucky is the ACA. This covers hearing aids for anyone under the age of 17. There is a limit – you can only get one hearing aid every three years, and the maximum spendable amount is $1,400, but that can put a solid dent in any bills you have to pay.

What doctoral programs are available in Kentucky?

Looking to get your audiology doctorate in Kentucky? There’s just one place to be – the University of Louisville.

Support for military veterans

Hearing healthcare support for veterans is nationwide, with 170 centers across the country and 2 in Kentucky you’ll be able to find coverage.

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 details, know what to bring with you and how long a hearing test might take.

Overall

Kentucky is middling when it comes to just about any aspect of audiology. Its legislature isn’t mind-blowingly helpful, but it can come in handy. There isn’t an audiologist on every street, but you won’t have to travel far to find one. When it comes to audiology, Kentucky is not bad at all.

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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