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How To Get Hearing Aids From The VA | 6 Things You NEED To Know

as a military veteran and audiologist myself I often have other veterans asking me how to go about getting hearing aids at the VA and after doing some research I can see why this process can confuse some veterans so in this video I’m going to cover a list of 6 things that you need to know in order to get hearing aids from the VA coming up [Music] hi guys cliff Olson doctor of Audiology and founder of applied hearing solutions in anthem Arizona and on this channel I cover a bunch of hearing related information to help make you a better informed consumer so if you’re into that consider hitting the subscribe button the VA health care system can be a little confusing initially for veterans who need to get hearing aids and is a audiologist and veteran myself I felt compelled to clear up some of this misinformation but even though I’ve done audiology rotations inside of the VA I wasn’t really clear on the steps that a veteran should take to get hearing aids so I went ahead and asked several VA audiologist about what veterans should do to get this process underway and I created a list of six things that you need to know in order to get hearing aids from the VA before I get to the list just know that every single phone number website or document that I reference in this list will be listed and linked in the description below all right number one you need to make sure that you are eligible for hearing aids from the VA if you were dishonorably discharged or you served in the reserves or National Guard and we’re not activated you most likely do not qualify for VA health benefits also if you served in the active military but you serve less than 24 months you may not qualify as well but I highly recommend that you still apply for VA health benefits just to make sure because there are some exceptions the other thing you need to know is that even if your hearing loss wasn’t related to the service so if it wasn’t service-connected that does not mean that you can’t still get hearing aids from the VA so you should be applying for these health benefits regardless of whether or not your hearing loss was related to the military and that leads us nicely into number two which is you have to apply for VA health benefits there are three easy ways to apply for VA health benefits and the first way is by phone you can call the Veterans Health Administration or VHA at one eight seven seven two two two vets you can actually give them all of your information over the phone to apply and you don’t even have to fill anything out the second way is to go online at WWDC OV you can fill out the application online and go ahead and submit it from your home computer the third way is to print out form ten ten easy fill it out and mail it in to the health eligibility Center in Atlanta Georgia or you can actually take it in to your closest VA clinic just keep in mind that after you apply whether it’s by phone by online or by printing it out it’s going to take at least a week for you to get informed whether or not you qualify for benefits if you ever run into any problems or you have questions again you want to call the VHA at one eight seven seven two two two vets there are also veterans service officers who are able to help you free of charge and if you want to find a VSO in your area all you need to do is call this phone number get this it is one eight eight eight seven seven seven four four four three number three once you’ve received your VA health care eligibility you want to make an appointment with audiology you can actually request an appointment when completing your application and if you’re approved someone will reach out to you and let you know what day and time your appointment is for you can also call or walk into your local VA clinic and schedule appointment that way and some clinics even let you schedule an appointment online through your my health portal number four is scheduling an appointment for hearing aids and scheduling an appointment for hearing loss compensation are two completely different things the VA can be split up into two separate entities the first one is the VHA or the Veterans Health Administration and the second one is the VBA which is the Veterans Benefits Administration the Veterans Benefits Administration is tasked with determining whether or not you should receive compensation for hearing loss suffer on the job while you were in the military the VHA is designed to identify hearing loss and treat your hearing loss now if you feel that you sustained hearing loss while on the job in the military then you could receive compensation for that hearing loss but you need to contact the VBA at one eight hundred eight to seven one thousand now I’m going to go ahead and make a completely separate video about VA hearing loss compensation and when it’s ready I’ll go ahead and link it in the card up here do not and I repeat do not assume that if you go in for a VBA hearing loss compensation appointment that you will be coming out of that appointment with hearing aids that is a completely separate entity you if you’re going to get hearing aids you need to go through the VHA I’ve heard a lot of veterans complain about I went into this appointment and they didn’t give me hearing aids even though I clearly have a hearing loss well it is not their job to get you hearing aids it is the job of the VHA to get you hearing aids alright number five it is important to note that all VA clinics are completely separate you can’t just walk into any VA audiology clinic even if you have VA health benefits eligibility every veteran has their preferred clinic that they receive their care at if you end up moving to a different city or state you need to contact your enrollment coordinator or your health benefits advisor before you move so they know to transfer your care if you’re gonna be travelling or snowboarding for an extended period of time then you need to go ahead and get a hold of your traveling vet coordinator at your local VA facility you want to make sure that you inform the VA of this before you end up leaving and it’s ideal if you do this at least 30 days in advance and number six do not expect to get your hearing aids at your very first appointment that first appointment your audiologist will be doing a hearing test on you and making the determination whether or not you are a candidate for hearing aids if you are a candidate for hearing aids they will go ahead and order you hearing aids but it’s going to take at least several weeks for them to get those hearing aids and actually get you on the schedule to fit you with those hearing aids just like yourself there are a bunch of other veterans out there who are going to be getting hearing aids and so those individuals need to be on the schedule as well so don’t think that you can go in and in a few days time get hearing aids you want to make sure that you schedule it to where you have plenty of time after your first appointment to be able to come back in and get fit with your new hearing aids there you go those are the six things that you need to know about getting hearing aids from the VA if you follow these six things you absolutely will get hearing aids if you’re a candidate for hearing aids and the whole process should be relatively smooth for you now if you want more information all you have to do is go to WWE a govt it is a terrific website that has a bunch of different resources you just have to spend a little bit of time digging when you’re on that website because they have so much information again all the phone numbers websites and documents are linked in the description below so make sure that you check them out and I also want to give a special shout out and thank you to some terrific VA audiologists who helped me with this video the first one is dr.

Emily Rahway from the Minneapolis Minnesota VA and the second one is dr. Paige Taji from the Phoenix Arizona VA that’s it for this video if you have any questions leave them in the comments section below if you like the video please share it and if you want to see more videos just like this one go ahead and hit that subscribe button I’ll see you next time [Music].

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