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Hearing loss is a common problem with seniors from 65 years and above. The condition if hearing loss as someone advances in age results in changes to the inner ear. And since age-related earing is not something that doctors can prevent and thus seniors need electronic hearing aids.

Hearing aids are very expensive, and for most seniors, they cannot afford them. Typically they cost from $1,500 upwards to $3,500 per ear. The unfortunate part is that insurance companies do not cover them, including Medicare. However, there are different ways that seniors can find affordable hearing aids and save some cash.

Exploring employee benefits and your health insurance

For those employed or veterans, if you need a hearing aid, the first thing to do is to check with the employee benefits to see if they offer coverage. Check with the health insurance provider to ascertain whether they have coverage for hearing aid. For Medicare beneficiaries, they should be aware that Medicare Advantage offers hearing aid coverage. You will, however, need to check with the plan administrator first. New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Arkansas require private insurers to cover part of the cost of hearing aids.

Consult hearing loss foundation or non-profit

You can seek help from a hearing loss non-profit organization or foundation to help you cover the cost of hearing aids. There are organizations such as the Lions Club International, Hearing Loss Association of America and the Starkey Hearing Foundation that offer financial aid to people to buy hearing aids. You have to fall under the income threshold of the organization to qualify for assistance.

Contacting hearing aid manufacturers

Aid manufacturers can offer assistance to your hearing problem if you don’t receive help from the insurers or the employer. The hearing loss organizations can help you find manufacturers having trial programs for their devices before they get to the market. The companies need test subjects to test them for free and thus if the manufacturer accepts; you will receive new hearing aids, and all you do is commit some time to the program.