Hearing & balance exams & hearing aids

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Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. It’s important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.
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Medicare coverage of hearing loss and hearing aids

Medicare, the federal health insurance program, covers people who are 65 or older, as well as younger people with disabilities or serious diseases. However, Medicare does not cover all costs of medical services, which is where the rules get tricky. There are a number of factors affecting coverage, so it is imperative all individuals take the different kinds of coverage available into consideration. Before we answer the hearing aids question, we need to understand what it does and does not cover. If you want to skip to the answer, click down to the section Items not covered by Medicare.
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Medicare and Medicaid Coverage

Medicaid coverage of hearing aids for adults in the US varies by state.  The good news is, more than half of the states provide some coverage for hearing aids, or cover other services like hearing tests and exams, hearing aid repairs and replacements, and other items such as batteries and accessories. To see what kind of coverage you are eligible for where you live, The Hearing Loss Association of America has put together this helpful list of coverage by state.
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Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

If you have a Medicare Advantage plan and hearing services are covered, then follow your health plan’s rules for scheduling hearing appointments. For example, don’t call a hearing specialist directly if your Medicare Advantage plan requires you to go through a primary care doctor first for a referral. You might want to contact your Medicare Advantage or other health plan to see if it offers hearing exams and hearing aid discounts through a specific program.
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Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids? Financial Help

En español l Men and women who need hearing aids often feel they can’t afford them, and that’s not surprising. Prices for a single hearing aid can range from $1200 for a low-end device to $3,500 or more for a higher-end one, and 80 percent of wearers need two. Battery costs are $30 to $150 per year. A 2014 survey by Consumer Reports found that 40 percent of those who bargained got a price break. Other than that, there is some limited help available:
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Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

Nancy, Hearing aids are expensive! There are a few options. If you don’t have a Medigap policy, you can join a Medicare Advantage plan that has limited hearing coverage during the Medicare Annual Election Period, you can check to see if there are any stand-alone hearing plans in your are, and, lastly, you can see if there any advocacy groups that help with hearing aid coverage. If you need help finding a Medicare Advantage plan that covers hearing, call one of our Senior65 licensed independent agents at 800-930-7956. -Chris from https://www.senior65.com/
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Medicare, Hearing Care and Audiology

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Medicare and Hearing Aids

Some Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) cover hearing exams and hearing aids. Medicare Advantage plans often offer benefits not typically included with Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), such as routine hearing exams and hearing aids. Since each Medicare Advantage plan is different, you should compare plans carefully to find one that fits all of your medical needs. You can see if any Medicare Advantage plans in your area cover hearing aids and exams by using our Medicare Advantage plan comparison tool.
Source: ehealthmedicare.com

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