Are there programs to help afford hearing aids in Southern Oregon?
Millions of Americans with hearing loss don’t get hearing aids because they can’t afford to buy them. Hearing aids can be expensive and most insurance companies, including Medicare, don’t cover them. While there’s no one way to finding affordable hearing aids for every situation, there are options you you should check on. We can assist you in finding programs that work for you. Here is a good way to start:
Check with Insurance
Check with your health insurance provider to see if it provides any hearing aid coverage. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, while original Medicare (Part A and B) and Medicare supplemental policies do not cover hearing aids, some Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans do. If you have an Advantage plan, you’ll need to check with your plan administrator. Medicaid also covers hearing aids in some states for people with very limited means. Your county social service office can give you more information.
If you are a federal employee or retiree, hearing aid coverage may be available through some insurance plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Or if you’re a veteran, the VA provides free hearing aids if you meet certain conditions such as being compensated for any serviced-connected disability or if your hearing loss is connected to military service. See va.gov or call 877-222-8387 to check your eligibility.
If you reside in Oregon, are of working age, have a job or would like one, and need to hear better for your job, the State of Oregon may be able to help through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. To find out more, make an appointment with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Here is the Jackson County Office information:
Medford Vocational Rehabilitation
28 W. 6th St. Suite A Medford, OR 97501-2774
Depending on your income level, there are various programs that provide financial assistance for hearing aids to people in need. Check with the Hearing Loss Association of America to find out if there are any city, county or state programs, or local civic organizations that could help.