Tricare Expands Hearing Help for Retirees, Reservists

Tricare has announced that certain hearing aid implants that were not covered in the past will be covered under new policy guidance.  Policy changes have been made according to Military.Com, “Existing rules block hearing aid coverage for retirees, Tricare for Life and Tricare Reserve Select users. But the policy change reclassifies a certain type of implanted hearing aid — Auditory Osseointegrated Implant (AOI) Devices — as a “prosthetic,” opening up coverage of the implant to all Tricare beneficiaries.” (2016).  Retirees and Reservists who may have hearing issues that could benefit from this type of implant should discuss this with their Primary Care Physician or ENT Specialist.