Approximately 1 in 3 Americans between the ages of 65–74 have hearing loss. Nearly half of Americans older than 75 have difficulty hearing.1

Original Medicare (Parts A and B) does not cover hearing aids or exams for fitting hearing aids, but Part B (Medical Insurance) may help cover diagnostic hearing and balance exams.2 Also, some Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans may offer extra benefits that cover hearing. Let’s take a closer look at the details.

Does Medicare cover hearing tests?

Yes, but only Part B will help cover diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your doctor or healthcare provider orders them.3 You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after you meet the Part B deductible and a hospital copayment if the exam is done in an outpatient setting.4

Does Medicare cover hearing implants?

Yes. Auditory Osseo integrated and Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) devices and related services are covered under Medicare as prosthetic devices. This includes bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA). Specific devices that replace the function of the middle ear, cochlea or auditory nerve as prosthetic devices are also payable by Medicare.5

How much do hearing aids typically cost?

On average, a set of hearing aids can cost between $900–$6,000 or more.6 More expensive hearing aids may come with extra features such as Bluetooth wireless connectivity and tinnitus masking.7

Get hearing benefits with a Medicare Advantage plan

Some Medicare Advantage plans offer extra benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, like vision, hearing and dental. To learn more about Medicare Advantage plan options with Humana, visit our Medicare Advantage plan page.

Think you might have hearing loss? Take our free online hearing test.

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Sources

  1. “Age-Related Hearing Loss,” National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, last accessed June 6, 2022, https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/age-related-hearing-loss.
  2. “Hearing & balance exams,” Medicare.gov, last accessed June 6, 2022, https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/hearing-balance-exams.
  3. “Hearing & balance exams.”
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  5. “Medicare Frequently Asked Questions: Audiology,” American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, last accessed June 6, 2022, https://www.asha.org/practice/reimbursement/medicare/medicare_faqs_aud/#8.
  6. “What to Know About Current Hearing Aid Costs and Pricing,” Healthline, last accessed June 6, 2022, https://www.healthline.com/health/cost-of-hearing-aids#_noHeaderPrefixedContent.
  7. “Hearing aids,” Medicare.gov, last accessed June 6, 2022, https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/hearing-aids.