Which comes first – your hearing health or your budget? In an ideal world, the answer would be obvious. In the real world, you don’t always have the luxury to choose between the two.
At SLENT Hearing & Balance Center, we want to ensure that you have access to the best hearing support available that is within your means. A good way to cover the costs involved in hearing evaluations and the purchase of hearing equipment is your insurance. Below we look at some of the options that might cover your hearing support. Keep reading to the end to find out how we can help you access any benefits that are available to you.
Are you covered?
In some states, it is a requirement for health insurance to cover some sort of hearing assessment. This is not a countrywide mandate, so not everyone is lucky enough to benefit. Even if you have cover for some things, your provider may stipulate restrictions on the type of hearing aid you can get. You may also need a certain level of hearing difficulty before you qualify for financial help.
When it comes to private health insurance, the guidelines can be quite detailed and varied. We can contact your provider so that you know for sure.
If you have Medicare, you probably don’t have any cover for hearing aids. You will need to ask us about any funding alternatives that might be available to you.
Medicaid typically does cover some hearing aid costs, but there are restrictions to how much they fund and what they cover. You need more details on your circumstances to be sure.
Veterans administration benefits do offer access to hearing aids for people who have served. If you think you qualify, you can contact them to check what is available.
We can do it for you
If all this sounds like hard work, that’s understandable. When you have a hearing loss, it can be difficult to talk on the phone before you have the appropriate equipment to help make that experience better. The good news is that SLENT Hearing & Balance Center can contact your health insurance company on your behalf. We will talk to them about the terms of your coverage. This will tell us exactly what we can offer you within the scope of your health insurance. We use this information to guide treatment recommendations and ensure you have access to the best evaluations and equipment available.
All you need to do to start this process is get in touch with us via our website. We ask for your insurance information. We will contact you when we have more details about your hearing aid insurance. You can then schedule an assessment with us to take advantage of any benefits that you have.
Dr. JJ Martinez served active duty in the United States Marine Corps before receiving his bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2005 and his doctoral degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2010. Dr. Martinez is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.