Hearing aids for U.S. Veterans
20% discount for U.S. Veterans who choose hear.com
*At the moment, the VA provides free hearing aids for U.S. veterans. To be eligible for this benefit, you must meet certain requirements. The best way to find out if you have any applicable VA benefits is to contact your nearest VA clinic. Below you will find general information about hearing loss and military veterans, VA benefits, eligibility, and our special hear.com offer for former military personnel.
At hear.com, we provide comprehensive support and guidance. As a thank you for your service, we also give you a special veteran’s discount. In some cases, we can apply a 20% discount on whichever one of our brand-name hearing aids you would like.
52% of soldiers have hearing loss
Hearing loss among military personnel is a common occurrence. It is reported that approximately 59,000 veterans who were involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom have some degree of loss in one ear (or both). People who were near areas of combat were likely exposed to loud noises, thus damaging critical parts of the ear responsible for our sense of hearing. In fact, 52% of soldiers who actively fought in the military have a hearing loss that is characterized as moderately severe or worse. This loss is considered “noise-induced.” Things like the sound of a rifle or gun going off, explosions, and loud machinery can cause hearing loss. Additional contributing factors include lack of ear protection (e.g. ear plugs), direct ear or head injury, and/or family history.
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Injuries don’t have to be visible to affect a person’s quality of life. That is why our military veterans need appropriate care and support when they have difficulties hearing. Thankfully, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supports our troops in providing hearing aid coverage for those who need it.
The VA and hearing loss
The VA offers many benefits for those individuals who qualify for them. These benefits include services like hearing evaluations and other preventive resources. Free hearing aids for seniors is still a work in progress in the U.S. Currently, services like Medicare and Medicaid provide little to no coverage of hearing tests and hearing aids. Moreover, some health insurance companies include hearing aid benefits in their plans, but how much they cover depends on several factors. However, the VA provides military veterans who are experiencing some degree of hearing loss with assistive listening devices. Depending on your specific situation, VA hearing aid benefits may or may not include full or partial coverage of the devices, and may vary from state to state. Eligibility for a hearing aid benefit differs from person to person. We highly recommend you give the VA a call to find out what your exact benefits are and if hearing aids are included.
If you have health insurance and are in need of hearing aids, we can verify if you have a benefit. At hear.com, we have a team of insurance specialists who can quickly check your coverage and provide you with more information. If cost is an issue, speak to one of our hearing aid experts to learn more about financial assistance for hearing aids.