Will the VA cover hearing aids?

A fellow caregiver asked...

I seem to have a hearing problem. I believe I need a hearing aid. Will the V A cover me?

Expert Answer

Rita Files, LPN, VSR, a nationally recognized expert on the elderly, has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry, with 20 years focused on eldercare. She has developed programs for many leading providers in the senior living industry. Accredited through the V.A. in veterans' benefits, she is an advocate and powerful resource committed to educating veterans and their families about the nonservice connected pension benefit and providing them with accurate information. She is cofounder and COO of Aging with Grace.

If a veteran is enrolled in the [VA Health System] (https://www.va.gov/health/ and is service connected at 10 percent for any disability, he/she may be eligible for VA coverage of hearing aids and glasses from their local V.A.

Non-service-connected veterans may be eligible for hearing aids if low income or they may need to pay three co-payments of $50 each for three visits (total $150) for high quality hearing aids that would cost thousands from private vendors.

VA health benefits are open to all Veterans. Family members may also be eligible to receive benefits. There is no monthly premium for VA care, but there may be a co-pay. To learn more, visit the VA website.