If you are being seen to procure hearing
aids, you do not need a referral from another professional. You may see
without a referral and receive all services.
The exception is if you belong to an
insurance provider that is covering the full or partial cost cost of hearing aids. In the Colorado Springs region, there are few
insurance providers that include hearing aid benefits.
And as noted
throughout this web page, Medicare does not cover hearing aids*.
As a result, we no longer participate with Medicare as a
provider for hearing testing or cerumen management (ear
hearing aid fees in our clinic tend to be lower, and sometimes
much lower than other providers who do take
Medicare for hearing examinations; and more importantly, we
maintain the highest ethics with regard to providing hearing
aids only when it is necessary.
FOR HEARING TESTING
Audiology testing, by itself is
different. Testing is sometimes covered by insurance but for the
audiologist to be paid, this usually
requires a medical referral in order for the service to paid.
This is true for Medicare recipients. Federal government employees
may see an audiologist directly.
last fifteen years, we have provided basic audiology testing at no
charge unless the sole purpose is for only testing (for example - hearing
testing when the purpose is other than interest in purchasing hearing
devices from our office).
most common questions I have had to answer over the last 30
years is "Why doesn't Medicare cover hearing aids?"
When Medicare started in 1965, hearing aids were not
included. Considering the economic environment, it is
probably safe to predict that hearing aids never will
qualify for Medicare coverage.