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Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

En español | Original Medicare does not cover hearing aids.

It might cover a physician-ordered hearing test or treatment of a hearing-related medical condition, but Medicare will not pay for devices to improve hearing or exams to fit them. You are responsible for 100 percent of these costs.

The average price of a pair of digital hearing aids is about $1,500, according to the National Institutes of Health. High-end devices can be as much as $5,000.

The same holds true if you have a Medicare Supplement plan. These plans, also known as Medigap, generally have no hearing-aid coverage.

But if you have a Medicare Advantage plan from a private insurance company, it might cover some of the cost of hearing aids. Check with your plan provider.

If you’re a veteran, you have another route to take in searching for help to pay for hearing aids: the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If you qualify for VA health benefits, you may qualify for hearing testing and paid-in-full hearing aids.


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