Does Medicare Insurance Cover Hearing Aids?

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"When it comes to Medicare, are hearing aids and hearing evaluations covered or not? As always, it depends."

When it comes to figuring out anything with health insurance, it can be difficult. Insurance plans have so many caveats and riders and addendums that it feels like you might as well be reading Latin.

But at South Shore Hearing Center, we have insurance specialists who look at them all the time and understand them! Which means we can work with your insurance company and let you know what’s covered in your insurance plan.

When it comes to Medicare, are hearing aids and hearing evaluations covered or not? As always, it depends.

Does Medicare Insurance cover hearing aids? Many Medicare insurance plans do not include coverage of hearing aids.

Here’s what Medicare covers.



Original Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids or exams for fitting hearing aids. You pay 100% of the cost for hearing aids and fitting exams.

Original Medicare Doesn’t cover hearing aids or exams for fitting hearing aids.
Medicare Advantage Plans Offer extra benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover – like vision, hearing, or dental.
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) Covers diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your doctor or other healthcare provider orders them to see if you need medical treatment.

But even though Medicare doesn’t cover the cost of hearing aids, there are many ways we can help you come up with the best hearing aids and payment plan for your lifestyle and circumstances.

If Your Medicare Insurance Doesn’t Cover Hearing Aids

About 78% of our patients have Medicare, so we are very familiar with what is and is not covered and have found ways to work with that. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions.

We can help you choose from a range of options when it comes to good hearing treatment that falls within your budget. And ask us about financial assistance or other resources for hearing aids.

With all the new hearing technology available for different lifestyle needs, and all the nonprofit programs that help – such as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s hearing aid program for infants and children and the Hearing Aid Project – we’ll find a way to optimize your hearing.

If you have any questions about any insurance program, fill out this form and we’ll get back to you ASAP with answers. Or contact us with all of your hearing questions. We’re here to make your hearing journey easy.

All insurance plans are different and benefits will be verified, if you have any questions then please contact our friendly team who are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Abigail S. Keller, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Abigail S. Keller was raised in Burlington, VT. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing with a minor in psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2002, and completed her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri in May 2007. Dr. Keller fulfilled her doctoral externship at South Shore Hearing Center in 2006-2007. Dr. Keller’s specialties are diagnostic audiology, amplification, and assessment of balance disorders in adults. Dr. Keller is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Audiology and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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