Hearing & balance exams

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)

 covers diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your doctor or other health care provider orders them to see if you need medical treatment.

Your costs in Original Medicare
  • You pay 20% of the Medicare-Approved Amount , and the Part B deductible [glossary] applies.
  • In a hospital outpatient setting , you also pay the hospital a copayment .


To find out how much your test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or health care provider. The specific amount you’ll owe may depend on several things, like:

  • Other insurance you may have
  • How much your doctor charges
  • Whether your doctor accepts assignment
  • The type of facility
  • Where you get your test, item, or service


Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.

Things to know

Medicare doesn’t cover hearing exams, hearing aids, or exams for fitting hearing aids.

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