Why won’t medicare pay for hearing aids for the elderly?

Question by Colt: Why won’t medicare pay for hearing aids for the elderly?
I have written two senators and got form replies that didn’t answer this question. It seems to me, hearing loss is , if not the number one problem seniors have, it’s pretty high up on the list. Good hearing aids are expensive.
If medicare will pay for motorized wheel chairs, why not at least pay for part of the cost of hearing aids?

Best answer:

Answer by Daisymae
I am all for it. The state-of-the-art aids run into thousands of dollars. Right now I am an aging, retired senior paying through the nose. I have 6 more years before I can even be eligible for Medicare.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

9 Responses to “Why won’t medicare pay for hearing aids for the elderly?”

  1. ej says:

    Hearing aid manufacturers don’t have enough lobbyists.

  2. Mary P says:

    There are a lot of things that medicare doesn’t pay for, such as prescriptions. They don’t pay for dental care, eye glasses, batteries for those motorized wheel chairs. They have to stop somewhere.

  3. The Wiz says:

    I guess they don’t feel that seniors need to hear anything. They also don’t pay for dental or eyeglasses.

  4. Poppy says:

    I need hearing aids but they cost around $ 4000.00 which to me is very expensive. Maybe a miracle will occur and my hearing will be restored. Poppy

  5. WooleyBooley again says:

    HA! Wait and see after Obama gets his “free” health care for everyone passed. He has already said Medicare & Medicaid benefits will be slashed.

  6. KathyC says:

    or dental, or glasses, or mental health

  7. Cherrypicker says:

    I live in the UK and got a free digital hearing aid, courtesy of the National Health Service – a wonderful institution.

  8. LYJC says:

    I don`t know why but they sure should. I went for a long time starting when I was young. Do they know what it is like going through life saying Huh, what did you say and them not telling you then or even later?
    You do not need to buy the most expensive ones with all the bells and whistles that eat up batteries. I have tried 7 different kinds and went back to the more common type.
    To hear a little is better then hearing nothing.
    To be able to see is the most important factor.

  9. connor g says:

    They don’t want you to hear what Obama wants to do to Medicare and Seniors he thinks are too old for medical procedures.

Powered by Yahoo! Answers