It’s time to get back to optimal hearing. Are you a veteran with hearing loss or a ringing in the ears? You're not alone and you may very well qualify for disability compensation. Regular exposure to loud noise or blast injuries are very common among veterans.
Healthy hearing is your right. What’s the best for you depends on your needs. Perhaps you have a combination of tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and hearing loss? Or maybe you are having trouble following conversations or want to be able to hear your TV better without blasting out your neighbors. You’ll want to hear every joke your best friend is making, you’ll want to be able to experience the subtle symphonic sounds of nature. In any case, there’s a custom-made solution for your situation.
Insurance and financial assistance for hearing aids
Hearing aids are quite possibly covered by your insurance. We can help you with the paperwork and processing every step of the way, handling all the communication with the insurance company for you. This puts no restrictions on your choice of hearing aids. We can make this happen for you very quickly, so you don't have to wait for better hearing.
Hearing aids for veterans and active military: FAQ
I am a veteran with hearing loss and/or tinnitus. How can I get help?
If you're a veteran who wishes to get your hearing tested, register via the health administration/enrollment section of the VA medical center of your choice. This can be done in person or online by filling out Form 10-10EZ, or by mailing a completed Form 10-10EZ to your chosen VA medical center. For details on the eligibility of enrolled veterans for hearing service coverage, visit the VA.gov website on medical benefits. After registering, request a referral to an Audiology and Speech Pathology Clinic from your VA primary care provider. If an audiological evaluation reveals you require hearing aids or other assistive devices, they will be provided at no charge. Your Hearing Care Professional will explain how to order batteries, wax guards, and other hearing aid accessories during your consultation, as these and future repairs will also be covered by your VA benefits.
What type of hearing aid does the VA provide?
The VA has contracts in place with major hearing aid manufacturers, including Signia and Widex. The VA uses the manufacturer's premium levels of technology—the same hearing aids that sell for the highest prices in the private sector.
How much does the VA pay for tinnitus?
The standard rating for recurrent tinnitus is 10 percent, and this rating applies whether your condition affects both or just one ear. According to the VA compensation table from December 2021, a 10 percent rating warrants a monthly benefit of $152.64 for tinnitus.
How often will the VA allow me to replace my hearing aids if lost?
The VA allows for one replacement of lost hearing aids every five years.
What are the requirements to get hearing aids from the VA?
You must prove that your hearing problems occurred while serving in the military, worsened during your service, or showed up after you ended your military service. You will need to supply the VA with evidence that proves one of these is true. Evidence might include reports of an event in your service that caused or worsened your condition, medical opinions linking your hearing loss to the event, and a current diagnosis of your condition.
What if my hearing loss doesn't turn up until later?
Even if hearing loss issues don’t show up until you are older, that doesn’t mean you’ll be denied veteran's benefits. You may still be able to prove that your hearing loss is service-related and not solely based on age.
What is the VA disability rating for hearing aids?
The VA disability rate depends on an individual’s level of hearing loss. It can range from 10% for mild hearing loss up to 50% for severe hearing loss. Those approved for hearing loss disability claims will also receive hearing care from the VA, which may also cover hearing aids. Contact a VA representative to find out more.
How much do VA hearing aids cost?
The cost of hearing aids will depend on your level of coverage through the VA. If you do qualify for VA healthcare, if or how much of the costs for your hearing aids are covered will depend on your specific hearing loss case. Contact your VA representative to learn more about your specific coverage options.
How do I get hearing aids from VA?
To get hearing aids from the VA, you first need to qualify for VA healthcare. Depending on your level of hearing loss and particular case, you may be eligible for a certain amount of monthly compensation or hearing care coverage, including hearing aids. Contact your VA representative to learn more about your specific coverage options.
How often the VA replace hearing aids?
According to VHA Directive 1034(5), “hearing aids…will be replaced when the instrument proves to be ineffective, irreparable, or the Veteran’s medical condition has changed and a different device is needed.”
What brand of hearing aids does the VA provide?
The VA has contracts with six of the largest hearing aid manufacturers, including Widex USA, GN ReSound, Oticon Inc., Phonak LLC, Siemens Hearing Instruments, and Starkey Hearing Technologies.
What tests will you need to take to prove that your hearing loss is connected to your military service?
You’ll need to take hearing loss tests by a state-licensed audiologist to prove that your condition is service-connected. 1) a controlled speech discrimination test (also called the Maryland CNC test) to evaluate speech recognition ability, and 2) a pure tone audiometry test to evaluate your hearing loss level.
Hearing aid technology
What's the technology behind modern hearing aids?
Modern hearing aids are super smart. Basically, the technology imitates how your brain would hear sound if your hearing wasn’t impaired.