The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a history dating back to the Civil War, although it only established as a veteran-specific federal agency in 1930. Today, we explore Veteran Affairs policy regarding hearing aids and their criteria for qualifying for hearing assistance.
The original motto of the Veteran Affairs Administration read ‘To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,’ although naturally it is not gender-specific nowadays.
The VA employs over 375,000 people at hundreds of medical facilities, clinics, benefits offices, and cemeteries across U.S. Its broad benefits for veterans include disability compensation, education, home loans, life insurance, pension, vocational rehabilitation, survivors' benefits, health care, and burial benefits.
Many people suffer from hearing lot, especially those who have fought in the military. Let’s dive into how the VA may be able to help you.
How Veteran Affairs Assists with Hearing Loss
Veteran Affairs hearing benefits include a full range of hearing services. These range from diagnostic testing and counseling, to implantable devices and top-of-the-line hearing aids, according to American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
Perhaps, unsurprisingly, the top-priority medical issue for returning service people is not post-traumatic stress disorder, or missing limbs.
That’s because Veteran Affairs has more than 2.7 million veterans with disability benefits for tinnitus or hearing loss.
AARP ascribes the need for Veterans Affairs hearing aids to exposure to loud noises from aircraft, gunfire, heavy equipment, tanks, and roadside bombs. And of course, age-related hearing loss can make this more severe.
How Veteran Affairs Hearing Aids Work In Practice
Veteran Affairs hearing loss assistance is provided by the Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services department. Registration must be accompanied by (a) a copy of the veteran's DD214 certificate of release, or discharge from active duty, (b) driver's license and (C) health insurance (if available) in one of the following ways:
- By completing the prescribed Form 10-10EZ on-line.
- In person at a convenient VA medical center or clinic.
- By posting the completed form to any medical center or clinic.
The applicant must schedule an appointment at an official audiology and speech pathology clinic for an evaluation of their hearing following registration. If the audiologist recommends Veterans Affairs hearing benefits, then the applicant becomes entitled to free hearing aids, repairs, and future batteries.
But the Catch 22 Could be VA Eligibility for Care
Veterans need to be in good standing with the VA to qualify for their Veterans Affairs hearing aids and other benefits. This includes not having a dishonorable discharge, and meeting other criteria as follows:
Minimum Service Period
An applicant must have served at least 24 continuous months’ military, naval, or air service, or the full period of their call up for active duty.
Exception and Exemptions
However, the above requirements may be waived if:
- They were discharged for a disability caused or worsened by active-duty service.
- They were discharged for hardship or granted ‘early out’ to pursue approved education.
- They served in the military, naval, or air service prior to September 7, 1980.
Reserve or National Guard Service
Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard may also qualify for Veteran Affairs hearing loss support. However, they must have received a call to active duty by federal order and completed the full period. Therefore, active-duty service for training purposes do not apply.
What Are My Other Options if VA Can’t Help?
Registering with Veteran Affairs does not bind you to using their services. Blue Angels Hearing regularly supplies digital hearing aids to veteran seniors who decide not to go the government route for a variety of reasons.
- They live in a remote area and don’t want to travel a distance (and possibly overnight) to receive the service.
- They are concerned about catching the COVID pandemic while away from home in the company of strangers in unfamiliar circumstances.
- They can’t abide red tape and government officials. They prefer to keep their independence and sort their hearing for a couple hundred dollars.
A Drum Roll Please for Blue Angels Hearing Aid Services
Blue Angels Hearing maintains a virtual show room for folk who prefer to shop from the comfort of their home and pay significantly less for their hearing aids. We have an exciting range of fully digital, rechargable devices to choose from:
- Our ever popular behind-the-ear hearing aids offering the best price at $297.99 a pair
- Behind the ear technology with advanced feedback cancellation for $497.99 per pair
- Our top-end almost invisible in-ear ones with dual microphones a steal at $597.99 a pair
A Few Last Words Before You Buy
Blue Angels hearing aids are for people with chronic hearing loss, with them for their lifetime. However, they are NOT SUITABLE as a quick fix solution for sudden onset deafness that requires a medical examination. We have limited stocks of all three types of hearing aids currently available. Orders are pouring in. Would you like to preserve your pair now?