Tennessee: Getting a hearing test & buying hearing aids

Nashville skyline in Tennessee

Does Tennessee score a ten in their audiological care? Let’s find out!

How many test centers are in Tennessee?

142
There are a 142 hearing test centers throughout the state of Tennessee

Cities with the best hearing healthcare

CityPopulationAudiologists & Hearing CentersCenters (per 10,000)
Nashville679,318210.31
Knoxville189,368452.38
Chattanooga181,624271.49
Murfreesboro149,605151
Franklin81,346131.6

Knoxville is in range of a great amount of hearing test centers, and even with Nashville’s bigger population, they get by on more than enough. Overall, no matter where you live, you’ll be within a reasonable driving distance from a hearing test center.

What government support do I have?

Government support for hearing aids is not great for anyone over the age of 18. And by “not great,” we mean essentially nonexistent, as Tennessee does not offer any funding or resources to those suffering from hearing loss.

What support do my children have?

It’s a different story for minors, however, as they are offered $1,000 per hearing aid every 3 years. It won’t cover the whole cost of any newer model of hearing aid, but it’s obviously worth getting your hands on if you can!

What doctoral programs are available in Tennessee?

If you’re looking to study audiology in Tennessee, you’re in luck! Four separate schools offer audiology courses – these being East Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and Vanderbilt University.

Support for military veterans

Hearing healthcare support for veterans is nationwide, with 170 centers across the country and three in Tennessee. Again, not a bad amount for a state of its size! 

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

Tennessee doesn’t get a ten, but they do alright when protecting their ears. They have room to improve, and we’re looking forward to seeing where they go!

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.

Lindsey Banks is a graduate of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program at the University of Florida. She uses her diverse experience in hearing healthcare and her passion for helping people to provide credible information to those with hearing loss who visit Clear Living.

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