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How Do I Get Medicare to Pay for a Hearing Aid in Arizona?

Under current Medicare regulations, hearing loss evaluations and hearing aids are not covered in Arizona. This means that you will have to pay all costs for testing and hearing aid equipment and supplies out-of-pocket. If you’ve suffered hearing loss because of an accident or workplace neglect, Medicare may pay for most or all costs for a hearing aid. You will have to prove, however, that the hearing loss was the direct cause of an injury or accident.

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Review your current Medicare policy to see if hearing evaluation testing and hearing aids are covered or partially covered. Most Medicare policies will not cover hearing tests or hearing aids. There are some HMO Medicare policies that may cover some of the these costs, however.

Visit your physician to discuss your hearing loss. Ask your physician to document the severity of your hearing loss. Present this information to your Medicare provider. Some of the costs associated with the purchase of a hearing aid may be covered under Part B of your Medicare plan.

Determine if your hearing loss was the result of aging or due to an accident or incident that permanently damaged your hearing. Many Medicare policies will cover the costs of hearing tests and hearing aids in Arizona if you were involved in a car accident, industrial accident or if you can prove your hearing loss is the direct result of an unsafe work environment.

Maintain all records, evaluations, documents, and correspondence pertaining to your case. Even if your Medicare plan won’t cover the costs associated with hearing aids, this may change in the future.

Review your Medicare policy each year to determine coverage changes. Research other Medicare providers and compare insurance plans. Some policies may cover more of the costs and offer lower co-payments than others.

What Is the Role of an Audiologist?

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Understanding what an audiologist in Arizona is before heading into your first appointment helps make the process a lot simpler. Audiologists are professionals whose specialties lie within diagnosing, researching and treating any problems correlated with the individual’s ears, especially those pertaining to the auditory system and problems within the vestibular system. This system within the ear is responsible for your balance, while the auditory system holds the responsibility of determining how well you are able to hear.

Education Required for an Audiologist

Within the United States, an audiologist will need a doctoral degree in audiology. They will also have to undergo extensive testing before they are granted the necessary licensing to practice in their field. On average, they will have to serve up to a year as an intern before completing the proper education that they receive within the classroom setting.

These professionals are trained to do many forms of testing to help determine just how severe one’s degree of loss is, as well as any potential problems relating to the ear canal. Most of the time, the audiologist will be a member of the American Board of Audiology.

Even though an audiologist is unable to perform surgery or prescribe various medications, they are able to run a battery of tests on children, adults, infants and the elderly. Based upon the findings in the test results, they will determine whether you are suffering with a loss of hearing, the degree of loss and whether your problem can be treated through a hearing aid or some other type of means.

In most cases, the audiologist will often recommend what type of hearing aid you need based upon your level of loss. They can also offer other types of devices for your specific case that will help to make your life that much simpler. If there is some type of medical condition that needs to be addressed, which occurs within roughly 10 percent of those with loss of hearing, the audiologist will then send you over to an otolaryngologist.

As soon as your hearing aid arrives, the audiologist will go through and carefully perform the necessary adjustments to help give you the proper fit. They also work to give you the absolute best in clarity and amplification of sound. The audiologist will help walk you through how to care for your device properly and how to use the device for the greatest benefits. If you have any questions after returning home with your devices, you can always ask the Arizona audiologist.

Numerous people are upset when they first discover they are dealing with profound loss of hearing. The good thing is numerous audiologists are trained for counseling the patient and family members. They can help them come to grips with their limitations and help support them throughout the period of adjustment for their new device. An audiologist will also work to help explain the different situations to a family member and provide them with the tools they need in helping their loved ones learn how to adjust to the hearing issues they are facing.

How to Repair a Hearing Aid

Hearing Aid In Ear Hearing aids come in many different styles and types. Different aids help people with different types of hearing loss. A broken hearing aid sometimes needs to be brought back to the audiologist, who can either repair or send it to the manufacturer for repair. However, there are measures hearing aid wearers can take to solve some problems themselves.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean, soft rag
  • Soft hearing aid brush
  • Hearing aid drying device
  • Masking tape  Clean earwax off of the earpieces. This may seem obvious, but earwax causes problems that mimic a broken hearing aid. In behind-the-ear models, a buildup of earwax can cause feedback. A broken tube in the hearing aid can also cause feedback; clean the earwax off first. Use a soft rag or soft brush that you get from your audiologist. Also, some hearing aid earpieces have earwax guards that you change periodically to prevent problems with buildup. Your audiologist can supply you with extra earpieces to go with your model.
  Visit an ear, nose and throat doctor and have your ears cleaned out. Dealing with a buildup of earwax in your own ears prevents clogging the microphone with earwax. Don't try to deal with this on your own; do see a professional. Attempting to remove earwax on your own (such as with Q-tips) could cause more damage to your hearing.   Dry out your hearing aids. Some models come with a device that you put your hearing aids into every night to dry them out. If you have this, remove the batteries first, and do this every night while you sleep. A moist hearing aid may behave like it is broken, and drying it out every night will take care of this problem. If you don't have a drying device, ask your audiologist about this option. At the very least, remove aids every night, remove batteries and leave battery cases open to let the hearing aids air-dry. Keep them high up and out of the reach of children and pets.   Change the batteries every week. Your hearing aids may not signal that the batteries are weak before the amplification lessens. Change the batteries weekly to avoid problems.   Check the battery case to see if it is loose. If your battery case is not closing properly and you don't want to bother with an appointment with your audiologist, try closing it shut with a little masking tape every morning (behind-the-ear models).   Ask your audiologist or the manufacturer for help. If the shell is cracked or the tubing is broken, you cannot repair it yourself. The bottom line is that for broken parts, you need to either contact the manufacturer for a replacement shell or bring the broken hearing aid to your audiologist for help.

Tips & Warnings

Always keep hearing aids and hearing aid batteries away from children and pets. Never use Q-tips in your ears. Hearing aid batteries are poisonous; keep them away from children.