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Does Medicare pay for routine hearing care?

En español | Routine” hearing care means ear exams, hearing aids and having hearing aids fitted. The original Medicare program does not cover any of these except in very specific circumstances. Some Medicare Advantage plans (such as HMOs or PPOs) do cover routine hearing care, sometimes as an optional extra for an additional premium.

However, Medicare (through both the original program and Medicare Advantage plans) does pay for diagnostic hearing and balance tests if your doctor prescribes them to find out whether you need medical treatment. Part B pays toward the costs of these tests. 



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