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Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids in 2023?

Did you know that over one-third of older adults have hearing loss? Known in medical circles as presbycusis, age-related hearing loss certainly affects one’s quality of life. This condition tends to happen gradually, so older adults may not even realize they’ve suffered hearing loss until it severely impacts their quality of life. Many factors may contribute to hearing loss. These include:

  • Aging
  • Health conditions, like diabetes and heart disease (according to John Hopkins)
  • Long-term exposure to loud noises
  • Certain medications (according to the NIDCD)
  • Physical abnormalities in the ear

What are the symptoms of hearing loss?

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Before we delve more into the subject of hearing aids, it’s important to first recognize the symptoms of hearing loss. Some common signs of hearing loss include (but are not limited to):

  • Muffled speech
  • Turning up the volume of TV or radio
  • Trouble understanding certain words or consonants
  • Struggling to follow conversations
  • Ringing in the ears (according to the CDC)

Related: The Truth about Age-Related Hearing Loss


What about hearing aids?

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So, does Medicare cover the cost of hearing aids in 2023? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is no. As per the official Medicare website: “Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids or exams for fitting hearing aids.” And while this may be a disappointment to some, we’ve got good news. There are ways you can save money on hearing aids!

The Veterans Health Administration

If you’re a veteran, you may qualify for free hearing aids, or hearing aids that you can purchase at a significant discount. You simply need to enroll in VA health care benefits! Visit the official VA website or call them toll-free at 877-222-8387 Monday through Friday for assistance in filling out the application.

Miracle-Ear Foundation

The Miracle-Ear Foundation exists to provide hearing aids to those who are living on a fixed income or unable to afford the cost of hearing aids on their own. However, it’s important to note that you must meet all the eligibility requirements in order to qualify for the program. For more information on this program, visit their website or call a representative directly at 877-403-8834.


While Medicare does not cover the cost of hearing aids in 2023, Medicaid may be able to help! Unfortunately, coverage does vary from state to state. While some states may offer financial assistance or even cover the entire cost of new hearing aids, some states don’t cover hearing assessments or devices. Call your local Medicaid office or visit Medicaid’s official website for further information.


Read Next: The Shocking Truth About Medicaid and Long-Term Care All 55+ Adults Should Know

Hearing Loss Association of America

If you’ve exhausted all your options and aren’t sure where to turn, the Hearing Loss Association of America may be able to help. While they themselves do not issue free or discounted hearing aids to individuals, they offer a wealth of information regarding financial aid assistance programs that may be able to help you!

Check out The Best Hearing Aids for 2023!

Lions Club International

You may be able to get hearing aids through the Lions Affordable Hearing Aid Project. With over 46,000 local clubs and over 1 million international members, this organization brings help and relief to undeserved populations across the U.S. and world. And this includes those who are in need of hearing aids! For more information, click here to find your local Lions club.

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Originally published March 15, 2023


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