Question: Why do some places provide a free hearing test and other places charge for testing?

Answer: If a doctor of audiology files insurance as a courtesy for patients, then the insurance contract requires that all patients be charged and billed equally. Even if a patient has no insurance, they must still be charged for testing, just like those who do have insurance. This is a requirement with all insurance contracts. Establishments that do not charge for testing do not file insurance. Most audiologists are credentialed with insurance companies and are held to a high standard. You can be assured of accurate testing, which is a piece of the puzzle that is crucial for future recommendations. It is the testing that determines the overall health of your hearing system and gives validity to appropriate medical referrals, counseling strategies, and follow-up.