Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids? 

Unfortunately, Original Medicare Part A and Part B do not cover the cost of hearing aids or other associated expenses (such as fitting, follow-up care, and maintenance). However, there are several other options to consider, such as:

  • Medicare Part B can assist in covering the costs of diagnostic hearing exams and balance exams.
  • Some Medicare Advantage plans may cover certain aspects of hearing aid services, but you must check with your provider to learn what is covered.
  • Some state Medicaid programs might provide coverage for hearing aids.

Which Medicare Plans Cover Hearing Aids?

Some Medicare Advantage plans (such as Part C) offer hearing aids as an additional coverage option. These private health insurance plans provide all the same services as your Original Medicare coverage but may also offer extra benefits, such as hearing aid coverage.

If you want to receive hearing aid coverage, evaluating your Medicare Part C plan options by speaking with one of our insurance representatives is best. You can discuss the specific coverage details, including copays and deductibles that might apply.

What If My Medicare Plan Doesn't Cover Hearing Aids?

If you’re suffering from hearing loss and struggling with the out-of-pocket costs of hearing aids, here are a few additional tips:

  • Learn about state-specific assistance programs or non-profit organizations that offer financial assistance programs for hearing services.
  • Compare costs and options from different vendors before making a purchase.
  • Consider refurbished or second-hand hearing aid options.
  • You may be eligible for free hearing aids if you are a U.S. military veteran or qualify for VA benefits.

Bottom Line:

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) does not cover the cost of hearing aids. Some Medicare Advantage plans may offer additional coverage for hearing aids, and other options are available to help offset the cost. It’s best to carefully evaluate all your medical insurance options before purchasing. Contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions about your hearing coverage.

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