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Hearing loss affects a growing portion of adults in the U.S., making it hard to hear alarms and doorbells, understand doctor instructions, and even every day conversations. Hearing aids can boost the clarity and volume of what you hear.

Covered benefits for eligible members

This benefit is available to Blue Shield of California members enrolled in the following plans:

  • Medicare Supplement Plan F Extra
  • Blue Shield 65 Plus in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego Counties
  • Blue Shield 65 Plus Choice Plan (HMO) in San Bernardino & Riverside Counties

Eligible members can choose between these available styles in two popular Vista models:

  • in the ear,
  • in the canal,
  • invisible in canal,
  • behind the ear,
  • receiver in ear
In addition to the covered Vista hearing aids, members have access to other name-brand hearing aids at preferred pricing.

 

How it works

Contact an EPIC hearing counselor to activate your referral before visiting a participating provider. See contact information and the participating provider list below.

If you choose to use out-of-network providers, those services will not be covered. This benefit is separate from diagnostic hearing examinations and related charges as covered by Medicare.

 

Hearing aid services

Hearing aid services every year include:

  • Hearing aid examination for the appropriate type of hearing aid once every year
  • Hearing aid instrument
    • Choice of the Vista 610 model or Vista 810 model
    • Up to two hearing aids per year available in the styles described above
    • Hearing aid fittings, counseling, and adjustments
    • Ear impressions and molds
    • Hearing aid device checks
    • Two-year supply of batteries per hearing aid
    • Three-year extended warranty on some model

 

Hearing aid product options

 
  Vista 610 Vista 810
Technology Mid-level Premium-level
Channels / Programs  10 / 2 20 / 4
Auto sound control  Included Included
Lifestyle listening enhancements 5 14
Wireless connectivity Included Included
Extended repair, loss and damage warranty 3-year 3-year
2-year battery supply* Included Included
Member copay $499 $799