Many veterans suffer some type of hearing loss, however unless that hearing loss is service-connected, the VA will not usually provide them hearing aids.
VA will provide hearing aids to the following Veterans:
- Those with any compensable service-connected disability
- Former Prisoners of War
- Purple Heart recipients
- Those in receipt of benefits under Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1151.
- Those in receipt of an increased pension based on being rated permanently housebound or in need of regular aid and attendance.
- Those with hearing impairment resulting from diseases or the existence of another medical condition for which the Veteran is receiving care or services from VA, or which resulted from treatment of that medical condition
- Those with significant functional or cognitive impairment evidenced by deficiencies in the ability to perform activities of daily living. but not including normally occurring hearing impairments. Note: Veterans with normally occurring hearing impairments that interfere with their medical care are eligible for hearing aids.
- Those who have hearing impairment severe enough that it interferes with their ability to participate actively in their own medical treatment.
- Veterans who have a service-connected hearing disabilitiy that contributes to a loss of communication ability. However, hearing aids are to be provided only as needed for the service-connected hearing disability. Nonservice-connected (NSC) Veterans are eligible for hearing aids on the basis of medical need. All such Veterans (including Medal of Honor recipients who do not have entitling conditions or circumstances and catastrophically disabled Veterans) must receive a hearing evaluation by a state-licensed audiologist prior to determining eligibility for hearing aids to establish medical justification for provision of these devices. These Veterans must meet the following criteria for eligibility based on medical need:
- Be enrolled at VA medical facility where they receive their health care; and
- Have hearing loss that interferes with or restricts communication to the extent that it affects their active participation in the provision of health care services as determined by an audiologist or an eye care practitioner or provider.