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What types of hearing aids does the VA offer?

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Kathryn Trolenberg, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Fredericksburg

23 April 2016 - 23018 Views

The Veteran’s Administration has contracts in place with six major hearing aid manufacturers - GN ReSound, Oticon, Phonak, Siemens (Signia), Starkey, and Widex. The VA uses the manufacturer’s premium levels of technology-the same hearing aids that sell for the highest prices in the private sector. There are several styles of hearing aids available, from the smallest - Invisible in the Canal (IIC) to the largest and strongest - Power Behind the Ear (BTE), and the very popular Receiver in the Canal (RIC) - made to fit most hearing losses while... Read more

Are hearing aids from the VA locked?

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Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko, AuD

Audiologist in Newport News

28 September 2017 - 1465 Views

VA hearing aids are not locked, and many other audiologists and hearing aid specialists will be able to tweak the programming. Some hearing healthcare professionals may charge a fee to do programming adjustments or repairs. These services would be free at the VA or through the Veterans Choice Program.