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Easing the Financial Burden: Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?







If you need a hearing aid, then you’ll already know they can be very expensive to purchase. Even with insurance, these can put such a dent into your bank balance, savings, and so many people will unfairly take out a loan in order to cover the costs.

However, today, we’re going to explore some of the ways you can help to lessen the financial burden of buying hearing aids and helping you to understand the cost, and what options you have available. 

Medicare and Hearing Aids

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the average price of a digital hearing aid is around $1,500. However, there are many more advanced versions, and depending on your personal requirements, where you may be facing costs of more than $5,000.

Furthermore, if you’ve been covered by the original Medicare program, especially under parts A and B, then you’re not covered, and you’ll have to pay yourself. This may feel a bit unfair, but this is just how it is.

Nevertheless, there are other options out there for you to explore. 

What About My Medicare Advantage Plan?

Some of you may be thinking ‘well, I’m covered by a Medicare Advantage cover, so surely my costs are covered?’ Unfortunately, this might not necessarily be the case. While the cover does cover whatever is specified in Part A and B of Original Medicare cover, only hearing and diagnostic tests could be covered, not the aids themselves.

However, you may be entitled to several other related benefits that can help you cut costs elsewhere. These are important because this could save you so much money, depending on your own personal circumstances.

These benefits could cover anything from prescription drugs and routine check-ups to more complex entities such as wellness retreats and even over-the-counter prescriptions.

Ultimately, this does depend on your personal situation, what plan you have and whereabouts in the country you live, so make sure you’re doing your research and looking at what you’re entitled too. 

What Else Should I Know?

When it comes to Medicare and hearing aids, there are a few more things you should know;

For example, when you first enroll in the Medicare Advantage plan with hearing cover included, you’ll probably be expected to pay an extra premium in addition to your Part B plan. You may also need to routinely check in with a GP or doctor who can test to make sure you’re eligible for this program.

What’s more, there may also be a limit to the amount of money you can take out of the plan and use towards hearing tests and hearing related equipment. It’s so important that you read up and educate yourself as to what is included and not included in your personal plan.

You can also look up websites and hearing aid services like Miracle-Ear, that can help provide you with an affordable option and assistance if you need it. 

Summary

When it comes to Medicare and your health, it’s important to make sure you’re reading up on your personal situation. Not everybody’s plan or life is the same, which is why it’s crucial that you research how you’re affected and what options you have available to you.