While Original Medicare may not cover hearing aids, alternatives like Medicare Advantage Plans and other resources can make hearing care more accessible.

Navigating Medicare Coverage for Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know

by | Feb 13, 2024 | Insurance

We understand the importance of clear, accessible hearing care and the role that hearing aids can play in enhancing quality of life. However, navigating the intricacies of insurance coverage for hearing aids, especially when it comes to Medicare, can be confusing for many of our patients.

Here’s a comprehensive overview to help you understand Medicare’s stance on hearing aid coverage and what options you might have.

Understanding Medicare’s Current Policy

Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, as well as for some younger individuals with disabilities, does not cover all healthcare costs. When it comes to hearing aids, Medicare Part A and Part B (often referred to as “Original Medicare”) do not typically cover the cost of hearing aids or the exams required for fitting hearing aids.

This lack of coverage includes most parts and services related to hearing aids, such as routine hearing exams, fittings, and the hearing aids themselves.

Seeking Alternatives: Medicare Advantage Plans

While Original Medicare may not cover hearing aids, Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) might offer additional benefits. These plans are offered by private companies approved by Medicare and often include coverage for vision, dental, and hearing aids in addition to all the services that Original Medicare covers.

However, coverage and out-of-pocket costs will vary by plan, so it’s essential to review the specifics of your Medicare Advantage Plan to understand what hearing services and devices are covered.

Additional Support and Resources

For those not covered by Medicare Advantage or seeking other forms of assistance, there are several options available:

1. State Programs:

Some states offer assistance programs for individuals who need hearing aids but cannot afford them. Eligibility requirements vary, so it’s worth researching to see if your state offers any support.

2. Non-Profit Organizations:

Various non-profit organizations provide financial assistance or discounted hearing aids to those in need. Organizations such as the Hearing Loss Association of America can be valuable resources.

3. Manufacturer Programs:

Some hearing aid manufacturers offer financial assistance programs to help cover the cost of their devices.

4. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health Savings Accounts (HSAs):

If you have an FSA or HSA, you may be able to use these funds to pay for hearing aids and related expenses.

The Importance of Professional Guidance

Determining the best way to afford and obtain hearing aids can be daunting, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. We’re committed to not only providing top-notch hearing care but also helping you understand your financing options. Our team of insurance experts can guide you through the process, from exploring Medicare Advantage benefits to identifying alternative funding sources.

​Hearing Care within Reach

While Original Medicare does not cover hearing aids, alternatives like Medicare Advantage Plans and other resources can make hearing care more accessible.

We encourage you to reach out to us for personalized guidance and support in exploring your options. Together, we can find a solution that ensures your hearing needs are met, keeping clear communication and a high quality of life within reach.

For more information or to discuss your specific situation, contact us today. Let us be your partner in navigating hearing care and coverage.

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry in 2003, and earned her Doctorate of Audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a preferred provider for the American Institute of Balance (ABI), a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association. In addition to her years of experience identifying, diagnosing and treating all types and degrees of hearing loss, and vestibular disorders, Dr. Brooks has spent the last 13 years becoming an expert in Tinnitus management and therapy. Dr. Brooks is also one of the few providers in the country certified for Lyric Implantable Devices. For over seven years, Dr. Brooks successfully ran and operated more than six audiology clinics for one of the largest practices in the state of Texas before joining the North Houston Hearing Solutions team in 2016. Dr. Brooks prides herself on providing her patients with the highest quality of care. She loves her patients dearly and feels so fortunate that she gets to help improve their daily lives. This love, combined with her impressive skill set, business experience and passion for helping people hear has made Dr. Lacey Brooks a wonderful addition to the North Houston Hearing Solutions’ team. When not at the office, Dr. Brooks enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, family, and friends. Dr. Brooks is also very involved in her church and with mission work in her community and abroad.

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