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Seniors are often prescribed hearing aids, but never follow through with the purchase because they feel the devices are unaffordable. Not only does the cost for hearing aids range from $1,600 to $3,500 for more high-end models, you must also factor in the cost for batteries which could be as much as $150 a year. Fortunately, there are a few options available to help pay for senior hearing aids.
Contact Your Loved One’s Insurance Company
If your loved one’s doctor has confirmed that a hearing aid is a necessary expense, contact his or her insurance company to see if they will cover all or a portion of the expenses. In most situations, health care will cover the expenses associated with the purchase of a hearing aid, including any appointments with the specialist. This will, of course, depend on your aging loved one’s individual health insurance plan.
Medicare & Medicaid Medicaid
While Medicare generally does not cover hearing aids or tests, Medicaid has more flexible policies and may be able to cover the costs associated with acquiring a hearing aid. Medicaid coverage varies by sate, so reference Colorado Medicaid regulations to see if periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment costs are covered.
Under the Affordable Care Act, there are a few states that offer coverage for hearing aids and related services under health insurance exchanges. If your aging parent or loved one is a veteran and has hearing loss that impacts the ability to perform activities of daily living, the VA is also an option for assistance in obtaining a hearing aid.
Before overlooking the purchase of a hearing aid due to the cost, it is important to consider that most agencies will work with your aging parent or loved one. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your loved one’s doctor for recommendations about where to obtain a hearing aid at an affordable cost. For more information about senior health, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Denver, CO today.
About Home Care Assistance
Home Care Assistance of Denver, CO is a local provider of in-home senior care. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers are available for live-in and part-time care in Denver, and can assist seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living, mobility, medication reminders, transportation and so much more. Call us today at 720-443-3371 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation for more information.