I have a lot of experience dealing with the question of does medicare cover hearing aids because before she passed away my mother had to deal with this…and as a result as her caregiver that means that I had to deal with it.
And like most caregivers, my answer was “sure they do”. After all Medicare Part B covers “durable medical equipment”. Isn’t that what a hearing is?
Unfortunately, the answer is not quite that simple.
According to Medicare,
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your doctor or other health care provider orders these tests to see if you need medical treatment.
Medicare doesn’t cover hearing exams, hearing aids, or exams for fitting hearing aids.
Ok, so not that we know the answer to, “Does medicare cover hearing aids” the next question is what to do next.
And there are a few possibilities…
After speaking with an audiologist, who gave me a fantastic education on the differences in hearing devices and what they do, I went out and purchased a pocket talker for Mom for Christmas.
Note: you can read my review of both the good and the bad of the pocket talker here.
I have to say, it was a pretty good investment and reasonable priced. Plus, it allowed her to regain her hearing…at least for a time.
If you or your loved one is on Medicaid then it is POSSIBLE that they will qualify for a hearing aid via Medicaid. The Medicaid requirements differ from state-to-state so you will need to check out how your state handles the situation.
Where I live in New York, Medicaid will pay for ONE hearing aid, not a matching set, and we were going through the process to receive this when Mom passed away.
So whole we now unfortunately know the answer to the question, “Does medicare cover hearing aids?” there are other options available to seniors who have difficulty hearing.