Did you know that 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. In many cases hearing aids, which amplify sound, are recommended by medical professionals for these patients as a way to preserve quality of life. At the very least, the sheer frequency of senior hearing difficulties alone should be enough to convince you of the importance of routine hearing checkups.
Like most medical devices and services, hearing aids and hearing exams can cost a significant amount of money. Unfortunately, Original Medicare (Parts A and B) does not usually cover most hearing services, including hearing exams, hearing aids, or testing and fitting procedures for hearing devices.
While some diagnostic hearing tests may be covered by Original Medicare if ordered by a doctor in relation to other medical conditions that may affect hearing, seniors who are only enrolled in Original Medicare Parts A and B are usually required to pay for their hearing aid costs completely out of pocket. However, many Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C plans, do offer hearing coverage, including coverage for hearing aid tests, fittings, and the devices themselves.
Getting the right hearing coverage under your health insurance plan can be a great way to ensure that your needs are well taken care of should any hearing difficulties arise throughout your golden years.