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Approximately one out of every three Americans between ages 65 and 74 has hearing loss. Nearly half of people over 75 have trouble hearing.3
Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) offers very little in the way of hearing coverage, however.
Although Original Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids, a Medicare Advantage Plan from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) could potentially prove beneficial.
Some Anthem Medicare Advantage Plans cover routine hearing care, which may include coverage for some of the costs of hearing aids.
Diagnostic hearing tests and balance exams may be covered by Original Medicare if your doctor deems them medically necessary.
Medicare Part A and Part B, however, don’t cover hearing aids, hearing aid batteries or hearing aid fittings.
You may be able to enroll in a Medicare Advantage (Part C) Plan that includes coverage for hearing aids. Not every Medicare Advantage Plan includes hearing aid coverage, and plans may not be available in all areas.
If a Medicare Advantage Plan covers hearing aids, it might cover some of the costs associated with an ear mold, hearing aid batteries and other equipment. It may also cover certain audiological visits for fitting, adjusting and maintenance of covered hearing aids.
The average price of hearing aids in 2019 can range from $1,000 to $4,000.4 And that’s for each hearing aid.
If you don’t have an insurance plan that covers hearing aids, you will likely have to pay for your hearing aid costs entirely out of pocket.
By law, every Medicare Advantage Plan must provide all of the same benefits offered by Medicare Part A and Part B. Some plans may offer additional benefits that are not covered by Original Medicare.
These extra benefits may include coverage for things like prescription drugs, dental, vision, and – in some cases – hearing aids.
Some Anthem Medicare Advantage Plans may offer:
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1 Anthem “About Anthem, Inc.” (Accessed July 1, 2019). AnthemInc.com.
2 You must continue to pay your Part B premium. $0 premium plans may not be available in all areas.
3 Age-Related Hearing Loss. (Last updated July 17, 2018). National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Retrieved from www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/age-related-hearing-loss.
4 Raines, Tom. How Much Do Hearing Aides Cost? (May 20, 2019). Consumer Affairs. Retrieved from www.consumeraffairs.com/health/hearing-aid-cost.html.
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