Hearing aids are not always an option for people, even if you have hearing loss. Communication becomes a barrier in your interactions with loved ones, colleagues, professionals who you need help from - basically, everyone. Not using hearing aids when needed can lead to Alzheimer’s, dementia, and falling.
Based on where you live, coverage for hearing aids may be available through Medicare.
Medicaid is healthcare coverage for millions of low-income Americans or those with specific disabilities. The federal government enforces requirements regulated by each state. Medicaid coverage will vary from state to state, and hearing coverage via Medicaid will also vary depending on where you live.
Some states offer all-inclusive benefits which cover hearing health, and others are more exclusive.
Services that Medicaid may cover for Hearing
The following hearing-related services might receive Medicaid coverage:
These coverages vary by state. (Not including children, who receive coverage across the country with EPSDT.)
Review your state’s Medicaid program to understand what services are covered and whether you qualify.
To determine what coverage you may receive from your state, visit your state’s Medicaid website.
Factors that may determine coverage:
Do hearing instrument specialists (HIS) take Medicaid?
Yes. Hearing instrument specialists, like the ones from Pure Sound Hearing, accept Medicaid. Check to see if we also accept your insurance. If you don't see your insurance listed, contact us to find out.
If you don’t have Medicaid coverage, and the cost of hearing aids is still financially unfeasible, there are discount hearing aids available at Pure Sound Hearing. Contact us for a complimentary hearing test and consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists in Elizabethtown, Lititz, or Strasburg.
A Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) is a qualified hearing care professional who specializes in hearing health evaluations, administering hearing tests, and providing solutions for your hearing loss, which may include hearing aids or assistive listening devices.
Other terms for HIS in the U.S. are:
Hearing Aid Specialist
Hearing Aid Dispensers
Hearing Aid Dealers/Fitters
After performing a hearing test, your hearing care professional will determine the range of hearing loss and if hearing aids are the best option to treat your hearing loss or if you should look into different options.
If you need an option other than hearing aids, our office will refer you to a physician for another opinion.
If you need hearing aids, your provider will fit you with the proper technology during a hearing aid trial. There will be a follow-up planned. This plan includes best practices for successful hearing benefits, your HIS making appropriate adjustments tailored to your needs, and receiving hearing aid checks regularly to ensure they are cleaned and working properly.
Your HIS keeps up with learning the latest best practices while adjusting the devices to your daily environments, hearing difficulties, and personal hearing profile to find a plan you will benefit from. Interactions and communication with family, friends, colleagues, healthcare professionals, and anyone else you encounter can be less challenging. You can generally find more HIS in suburban and rural areas than other hearing care providers. They may have a satellite or community-based office, help with people in assisted living facilities, or even visit your home.
What Qualifications does a Hearing Instrument Specialist have?
Your hearing instrument specialist should be licensed and registered by their state. In order to attain and keep their licensure/registration, they must complete a hands-on apprenticeship program or have an associate degree in hearing aid sciences, and pass a written and practical hands-on examination. This ensures they are competent and practice safety in their professions. Maintaining their license/registration includes completing additional hours of continuing education. The U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Policy and Management, and state Medicaid Programs recognize them as hearing healthcare services.
Board certification is another way to showcase their commitment to advancing their practice. This is an award that the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS) gives to someone with at least two years of independent practice, who passed the National Competency Examination, has completed 24 hours of continuing education every three years, and abides by the NBC-HIS Code of Ethics. This designation is maintained by those who are certified through a recertification process every three years.
Additional Services provided by Hearing Instrument Specialists
They have been educated, trained, and licensed to:
If you or a loved one experiences hearing loss, please contact Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation.
Have you ever removed your hearing aid tubing to clean it off and accidentally tore it?
If you’re at home or not near your hearing aid provider, here are some tips on removing your tubing safely.
Contact Pure Sound Hearing for help with your hearing aids, whether it’s the tubing or any other problems you come across.