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TRICARE Policy Manual 6010.63-M, April 2021
Medicine
Chapter 7
Section 8.2
Hearing Aids And Hearing Aid Services
Issue Date:  April 19, 1983
Authority:  32 CFR 199.4(e)(24), (g)(51), and 10 USC 1077(a)(16)
Copyright:  HCPCS Level I/CPT only © 2006 American Medical Association (or such other date of publication of CPT). All Rights Reserved.
Revision:  
1.0  CPT CODE RANGE
92590 - 92595
2.0  HCPCS CODES
L8692, V5000 - V5267, V5275, V5298
3.0  POLICY
3.1  Hearing aids and hearing aid services and supplies may be covered for those Active Duty Family Members (ADFMs) with a profound hearing loss as described below. Benefits under this Section are only available for a dependent of a member of the Uniformed Services on active duty, to include all members covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP).
3.1.1  Profound hearing loss (adult). An “adult” (a spouse as defined in 32 CFR 199.3(b) of a member of the Uniformed Services on active duty for more than 30 calendar days) with a hearing threshold of:
3.1.1.1  40 dB HL or greater in one or both ears when tested at 500, 1,000, 1,500, 2,000, 3,000, or 4,000Hz; or
3.1.1.2  26 dB HL or greater in one or both ears at any three or more of those frequencies; or
3.1.1.3  A speech recognition score less than 94%.
3.1.2  Profound hearing loss (child). A “child” (an unmarried child of an active duty member who otherwise meets the criteria (including age requirements) in 32 CFR 199.3 of this part) with a 26dB HL or greater hearing threshold level or one or both ears when tested in the frequency range at 500, 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, or 4,000Hz.
3.2  Medically necessary and appropriate services and supplies, including hearing examinations provided by authorized providers, required in connection with this hearing aid benefit are covered.
3.3  Repairs and Replacements. Benefits are allowed for repair of beneficiary owned hearing aids when it is necessary to make the hearing aid serviceable. Benefits are allowed for replacement of beneficiary owned hearing aids when the hearing aid is lost or is not serviceable due to normal wear, accidental damage, or due to a change in the beneficiary’s condition, or level of hearing loss.
4.0  EXCLUSIONS
4.1  Hearing aid and hearing aid services for retirees and their family members, to include TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR) beneficiaries.
4.2  Hearing aid and hearing aid services for TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) beneficiaries.
Note:  Not to be confused with cochlear implants which are covered under TRICARE.
5.0  EFFECTIVE DATE
September 1, 2005.
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