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Traditional Medicare does not cover the cost of hearing aids, tests for hearing aids, or appointments for hearing aid fitting.
Many optional Medicare Advantage plans do offer hearing coverage, including coverage for hearing aids and hearing aid related procedures.
Approximately one in three adults between the ages of 65 and 74 suffers from hearing loss. The odds of experiencing hearing loss only increase with age, and just about 50% of people over the age of 75 report difficulty hearing.
This means it’s incredibly common for senior citizens to be diagnosed with hearing problems as they get older, and in many cases hearing aids, which amplify sound, are recommended by medical professionals for these patients as a way to preserve quality of life.
Like most medical devices, hearing aids cost a significant amount of money, so many seniors wonder if Medicare provides any coverage for hearing aids or for the appointments required to be tested and fit for them.
Unfortunately, traditional Medicare does not cover hearing aids or testing and fitting procedures. While some diagnostic hearing testing is covered if ordered by a doctor in relation to other medical conditions that may affect hearing, seniors who are only enrolled in Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B must pay for their hearing aid costs completely out of pocket.
However, many Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, do offer hearing coverage, including coverage for hearing aid tests, fittings, and the devices themselves.
What is Medicare Advantage? Our agents are available to answer any of your Medicare insurance related questions. Give us a call at (800) 950-0608.
In addition to hearing aids, Medicare Advantage plans can offer other benefits that don’t come with standard Medicare, including vision coverage, transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, over the counter medication allowances, and more. A Medicare Advantage plan will cover everything that is covered in Medicare Parts A and B, with options offering additional benefits, so if you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan you could get much more than you would by just enrolling in Parts A and B alone.
If you’re interested in learning more about Medicare Advantage or are concerned that traditional Medicare won’t provide all the coverage you need, connect with a live agent at (800) 950-0608.