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Does Medicare cover hearing aids?

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Thomas Goyne, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Wayne

04 May 2016 - 1193 Views

As of March, 2016, Medicare does not cover hearing aids, nor does Medicare cover hearing tests done solely for the purposes of hearing aid selection and programming. However, Medicare does reimburse for hearing evaluations performed for medical purposes.While Medicare does not cover hearing aids, there are some secondary coverage plans for individuals over the age of 65 that do in fact cover hearing aids partially, in full, or, offer discounts on hearing aids.Many hearing health professionals will assist you in determining what hearing aid benefits... Read more

My mother uses hearing aids that are 14 years old. She is having difficulty hearing, but is covered under Medicare. Are there any programs that could help her afford a new pair of hearing aids?

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Julie Norin, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Baltimore

01 August 2016 - 902 Views

Depending on her household income, she may qualify for Starkey's Hear Now program. She can contact the program directly to obtain an application at 1-800-648-4327, or she can call them and ask for a referral to a local provider who would help facilitate the application and provide testing, dispensing, and follow up care. Another option would be to seek out funding through an organization known to provide financial support to individuals in need. One program is the Scholarship for the Hearing Impaired which is supported by the Traveler's Protective... Read more