Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids In 2022?

Updated for January, 2022

Does Medicare Pay for Hearing Aids?

Though there is currently no coverage available under Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), there are, however, Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) that do cover the cost of hearing aids.

Healthcare workers

Hearing aids have been excluded by Medicare coverage since it was established by Congress in 1965. Fortunately, in recent years there have been legislations brought before Congress that may help expand the coverage offered by Medicare for hearing aids.

These include the following:

  • The Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act of 2017
  • Seniors Have Eyes, Ears, and Teeth Act
  • The Medicare Hearing Act, introduced in late 2019

The Medicare Hearing Act has yet to be approved by the House and Senate.

Under this Medicare Hearing Act, hearing aids for those with severe hearing loss would be covered. Unfortunately, this piece of legislation will not cover over-the-counter hearing aids and only includes one prescription hearing aid every five years. 

This article will cover the following: 

  • Which plans offer the best coverage for hearing aids costs?
  • How much do hearing aids typically cost?
  • Alternative options to covering hearing aid costs

In recent years there have been legislations brought before Congress that may help expand the coverage offered by Medicare for hearing aids.

Which Plans Would be Best to Cover the Costs of Hearing Aids?

Some of the best plans available to cover hearing aid costs are through Humana. Recently Humana added many benefits to its Medicare Advantage plans. One of these benefits is hearing benefits, including the cost of hearing aids.

How Much do Hearing Aids Typically Cost?

With no insurance to cover the cost of hearing aids, a single hearing aid may cost well over $2,000. The price can, however, range from $1,000 to $4,000

Alternative Options for Covering Hearing Aid Costs

If you are looking for an alternative method to cover hearing aid costs, there are a variety of options available. 

The Veterans Administration (VA)

If your hearing loss is related to a condition you were treated for at a VA hospital, or if your loss of hearing is linked to your military service, you may be eligible for hearing aids through the VA.

Nonprofit organizations

Sertoma

This is a program that has an organized list of state organizations that help those who need hearing aids but cannot afford them.

Audient

Audient is a national alliance of providers that helps disadvantaged individuals obtain hearing aids.

Starkey Hearing Foundation

This foundation helps people with low income gain access to hearing aids

Miracle-Ear Foundation

The Miracle-Ear Foundation gifts individuals in need of hearing aids. There are eligibility standards you must meet to qualify.

Lions Clubs International

These clubs help individuals in need of receiving testing and hearing aids through the Lions Affordable Hearing Aid project.

Hearing Loss Association of America

This organization is a source of current information on financial aid available to those who need hearing services, such as hearing aids. 

The National Hearing Aid Project

This organization is run by the Hearing Charities of America. This group works together to help disadvantaged individuals gain access to hearing services and hearing aids. 

Hear Now

Hear Now is powered by a group of nationwide health professionals and audiologists through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Hear Now is a program that helps low-income Americans gain access to hearing services, such as hearing aids.

To find an organization that may be able to help you cover your hearing aid costs, it is essential to speak with your audiologist.

Trial Programs

Reaching out about trial programs to manufacturers of hearing aids may be a great way to obtain free hearing aids in return for honest feedback on their product.

To find an organization that may be able to help you cover your hearing aid costs, it is essential to speak with your audiologist.  Connect with a licensed Medicare professional who can help provide more information about which Medicare Advantage plans fit your health and budgetary needs.