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Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

In 1965 when Medicare legislation was passed, lawmakers were not yet aware of the comprehensive health effects of untreated hearing loss—not to mention the fact that hearing loss was not as widespread fifty years ago as it is today.

Today, an estimated one in three older Americans who are covered by Medicare experience hearing loss, and yet, treatment for this condition is not included in the benefits package.

Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids because of the expense that comes with this avenue of coverage. Some hearing aid plans cost thousands of dollars, so covering them might have resulted in higher rates for all Medicare recipients.