A veteran seeking hearing aids may enroll in person at a VA Medical Center by presenting his DD214, driver’s license and health insurance, as explained by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Other options include submitting Form 10-10EZ online or mailing it to a VA Medical Center.
The veteran requests a referral from a VA primary care provider to the audiologist, who then evaluates the need for hearing aids. The eligible veteran receives free hearing aids, repairs and batteries. The VA determines eligibility based on criteria such as hearing impairments caused by military service or other service-related conditions, states Military Advantage, Inc.
Veterans who do not meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for other reasons, such as when hearing loss interferes in the veteran's ability to communicate with medical providers or if the veteran already receives medical VA benefits. Audiology services and supplies covered by the veteran's Medical Benefits Package apply even if the veteran does not meet any other eligibility criteria.
When the veteran has private health insurance, the VA bills them for treatment and supplies related to hearing loss that is not tied to military service. Veterans do not have to pay the balances of claims partially paid or refused by private insurance.