South Carolina: Guide to Hearing Loss

If you’re looking for South Carolina’s audiological opportunities, look no further! Let’s have a look at South Carolina’s hearing healthcare.

How many test centers are in South Carolina?

53 audiologists in South Carolina

There aren’t a load of audiologists in South Carolina, only clocking in at 53. With a population of just over 5 million, this is quite a small amount when compared with other states. 

Cities with the best hearing healthcare

CityPopulationAudiologists & Hearing CentersCenters (per 10,000)
Charleston140,178130.93
Columbia135,299100.74
North Charleston111,59360.54
Greenville78,493111.40
Rock Hill77,269111.42

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

South Carolina does alright when looking at their ratio of audiologists to population. There is room for improvement, but you won’t be hurting if you’re looking for an appointment. 

What government support do I have?

If you think you’re going to rely on government support for your hearing aid, then we have bad news for you. South Carolina doesn’t cover any form of hearing aid for any demographic – not through Medicaid or the ACA. Hopefully, this will resolve itself soon!

What support do my children have?

DHEC's Hearing Program provides support for children diagnosed with hearing impairment. This support comes in the form of financial aid for hearing aids – provided that the child fits within the necessary diagnosis.

What doctoral programs are available in South Carolina?

Unfortunately, there are no audiology doctorates on offer in South Carolina.

Support for military veterans

Hearing healthcare support for veterans is nationwide, with 170 centers across the country and two in South Carolina 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

To be honest, South Carolina is not great when it comes to audiology. Not many clinics paired with nonexistent government aid means that South Carolina has a lot to improve on. Hopefully they revolutionize their audiological world soon!

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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