Traditional Medicare does not cover routine hearing exams or hearing aids. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

· Medicare Advantage Plans may cover hearing aids and related services, but the coverage and costs will vary depending on the specific plan. If you fall into this category, please contact us!

· Hearing Loss as a Medical Condition: If your hearing loss is considered a medical condition, Medicare Plans may cover diagnostic exams, but not all cover hearing aids themselves.

· Cochlear Implants: In certain cases, Medicare may cover cochlear implants for severe or profound hearing loss.

Review your specific Medicare plan and any supplemental coverage you may have to understand what is covered and what isn’t.

It’s so important to protect your hearing. Hearing won’t repair itself. Studies are showing that treating hearing loss may be critical for helping those at risk for cognitive decline. One study showed that Americans are embarrassed to admit hearing loss. Here is a story about Bob:

Bob realized he had poor hearing. At Christmas he had a houseful of family and lots of grandkids and couldn’t differentiate conversations or keep up with everyone. He felt anxious and isolated and even angry at times. Even though Bob was missing out on family time he was too embarrassed to admit that he could not hear. Steve’s wife Sally finally convinced him to get hearing aids. His grandkids were so happy they said “grandpa, now we don’t have to yell at you anymore!”.

What a great thing to live in a world where we have so much to help us have the best quality of life!