Both hearing aids and Medicare can have life-changing effects on a person’s health.
Hearing aids can restore the full spectrum of sounds for those with mild, or even significant hearing loss, transforming a person’s quality of life. Meanwhile, Medicare has supplied crucial financial aid for Americans aged 65+ – as well as those with selected disabilities – since 1966.
Unfortunately, hearing aids and Medicare rarely meet. In no uncertain terms, the cost of hearing aids is not covered by Medicare. However, Original Medicare (Hospital and Medical Services Insurance) can cover up to 80% of diagnostic hearing test costs.
In other words, if your healthcare provider (who participates in the Medicare program) orders a diagnostic hearing test to see if further medical treatment is needed – for example, after a recent injury or illness – up to 80% of the costs may be covered. But any further tests, or hearing aids that may be required as a result of the testing, will not be covered.
Hearing Aids and Medicare – Alternatives
Although Medicare does not cover hearing aid technology, you will be glad to know that there are many alternative ways to access financial assistance, and help take care of your hearing. The best choice will depend on who you are, where you live, and what your health situation is. Below you will find some of the available options:
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