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Humana says it is including the new hearing aid benefit on Medicare Advantage HMO plans offered for the 2017 plan year in
The benefit allows for one annual routine hearing exam at no cost to the member and introduces a copayment for hearing aids, simplifying the cost, the company says. Members will be able to obtain two hearing aids per year, one per ear, with the choice of a standard TruHearing hearing aid for a
TruHearing hearing aids include three provider visits for fittings and evaluations within the first year of the hearing aid purchase, a 45-day trial period, a three-year extended warranty, and 48 batteries per aid-all at no extra cost to the member. The hearing aids offer wireless connectivity to a user's smartphone or tablet computer and come in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles, the two companies say.
A Humana press release, citing a
"Hearing is an important part of our everyday lives. Studies have shown that hearing loss is associated with depression and anxiety, which can impact a person's relationship with friends and family and their participating in social activities," Field says.