Many veterans are affected by hearing loss. If you’ve served in the military, you may qualify for hearing healthcare benefits from the VA.
Veterans Choice Program
If you are already enrolled in VA hearing care, the Veterans Choice Program allows you to receive health care within your community. Using this program does NOT impact your existing VA health care or any other VA benefit.
For more information about the Veterans Choice Program, visit: www.va.gov/opa/choiceact. Veterans seeking to use the Veterans Choice Program can call
1-866-606-8198 to find out more about the program, confirm their eligibility and schedule an appointment.
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Do You Already Have Hearing Benefits?
If you are already enrolled in VA health care, you may be able to receive care within your community, instead of waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility.
If you answered “yes” to any of the below questions, you are ready for the next step.
Have you been told by your local VA medical facility that they can’t schedule your appointment within 30 days of the clinically indicated date or if no such date can be determined, your preferred date?
If your current residence more than 40 miles from the closest VA medical facility with your full-time primary physician?
Do you need to travel by air, boat or ferry to the VA medical facility closest to your home?
Are you face with an excessive burden due to traveling to the closest VA medical facility based on geographic challenges, environmental factors, or a medical condition?
How To Apply For VA Hearing Benefits
Hearing healthcare eligibility through the VA
Assistance provided by the VA for hearing loss treatment depends on meeting eligibility requirements. Once met, veterans can receive benefits for hearing test, examinations and hearing aids.
To begin this process, veterans should apply for enrollment using an online form, by calling 1-877-222-8387 or visiting a VA healthcare facility or regional office.
Veterans who are eligible include:
- Individuals with compensable service-connected disabilities
- Former Prisoners of War (POWs)
- Purple Heart recipients
- Those receiving benefits under Title 38 United States Code 1151
- Individuals rated permanently housebound or in need of regular aid and assistance
- Veterans with hearing loss resulting from diseases or other medical conditions
- Individuals with significant functional or cognitive impairment that hinders daily living
- Veterans with hearing impairment severe enough to interfere with their ability to participate in their own medical treatment
- Veterans with service-connected hearing disability which contributes to decline in ability to communicate
For additional information regarding hearing aid coverage through the VA, contact a representative at the nearest VA medical center to begin hearing loss treatment discussions.
Prevalence of hearing loss in veterans
According to the VA, more than 59,000 military members experienced hearing loss from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Because of routine exposure to loud noise in active combat, hearing loss is the most prevalent injury that veterans experience, and it has been a growing concern for decades. In fact, the Veterans Health Initiative reported that the field of audiology was established during World War II to treat veterans who returned home with hearing loss.
Between 1945 and 1947, 15,000 veterans were seen for hearing loss, 45,000 by 1949 and 71,000 veterans were identified with hearing loss by 1957. The VA hearing aids program began in the late 1950s and became a leader in the development of treatment options, evaluation and technology.
Get the benefits you deserve! Apply for VA benefits online or by calling 1-877-222-8387.
If you are a veteran and think you may have hearing loss, contact your local VA facility to set up a consultation with an audiologist who can determine your hearing needs and help you get your hearing back on track. If you are returning home from combat, you may face some complex health challenges – don’t let hearing loss be one of them!
Office Phone: 231-995-6070
2650 LaFranier Road
Information was provided by www.healthyhearing.com, used for educational purpose.