Does health insurance cover hearing aids?

Ask your audiologist...

Does my health insurance cover hearing aids?

Some private insurance policies or Medicare supplements may have a limited benefit or may cover hearing aids. To find out - call the (800) number on the back of your insurance card and ask if you are entitled to any hearing aid benefits. I am finding that more and more private insurances are covering a portion of the cost of hearing aids and some special policies will cover all of the cost of hearing aids. Always check and document who you spoke with and the date when you inquire about your benefits.

Medicare does not cover the cost of the hearing aid(s). Medicare will cover the cost of a hearing evaluation and any medical related problems like ear infections or ear wax removal.

Medicaid stopped covering hearing aids over a year ago.

Some hearing health-care offices have certified audiologists and others do not. If you have a hearing aid benefit with your insurance make sure you ask the office if they can bill your insurance before you make an appointment. Some insurance companies want you to go to an in network audiologist. This is something you should ask about when you call for your appointment.

Dr. Tia Flynn is a certified audiologist and has been in business for more than 12 years. Every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, Dr. Flynn provides free hearing screenings at 1601 Third St. in Coeur d'Alene, (208) 664-2767. Visit for a free copy of the consumers guide to hearing aids and watch helpful videos.

Read More Healthy Community

The impact of oxygen

January 18, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Once a wine is made oxygen more than anything else, any other element, procedure or accident impacts wine. Sometimes good, at times not so much but it impacts in a big way nonetheless. This is why du...

Read More

Dialing in on vitamin D

January 18, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press When we think of vitamin D, sunshine or the popular orange “Sunny D” drink may come to mind, but vitamin D plays many important roles in the body and helps regulate weight, mood, heart health, bone h...

Read More

Ask your audiologist… Hear well in 2017!

January 18, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press If you have hearing loss you should make a "New Ear's Resolution" to help yourself hear well. Make that appointment for that hearing test that you have been putting off. Not sure if you hav...

Read More

Tablets and smartphones are a pain in the neck

January 18, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press I routinely have patients come into our office complaining of neck and shoulder pain. When I go out to the waiting room to get them for a treatment, what are most of them doing? Texting. I actually h...

Read More