Illinois: Guide to Hearing Loss

Illinois isn’t just the home of the legendary 1985 Chicago Bears – it’s also home to the fictional town of Shermer, where several classic movies are set (The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, to name a couple). But how is Illinois’s hearing healthcare? Let’s find out!

How many test centers are in Illinois?

367 audiologists in illinois

Audiologists in Illinois: 367
Hearing aid centers in Illinois: 389

What government support do I have?

If you qualify for Medicaid, you’ve got a few options. Medicaid covers hearing tests, hearing aid sales, repairs and replacements, but to fully qualify for these, your hearing loss must be beyond a certain threshold, which can be found out through a hearing test.

Through the ACA, however, hearing aids are not covered. 

What support do my children have?

If you have insurance, your children are in good hands! Anyone under 18 is covered. We weren’t able to find the specificities of this coverage, but if you or a loved one meets with a hearing specialist, they’ll be able to give you a rundown of the rules behind this system.

Audiology Doctoral Programs Offered in Illinois

Illinois has a record five doctoral programs on offer! These are offered at Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Rush University, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


If you’re a resident Illinoisan, you’ve got some options. You aren’t exactly spoiled for choice, but if you’re in desperate need of a hearing aid, you should be able to find some kind of helpful option.

Duncan Lambden

Duncan Lambden


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 Everyday Hearing has the most up-to-date content.

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