Medicare Benefit Includes Screening for Hearing Loss and Dizziness
Medicare beneficiaries are now entitled to a physical examination known as the “Welcome-to-Medicare“ exam.
The medical examination includes a number of health care screenings, including screening for hearing loss and balance difficulties. The screening can be by a questionnaire rather than an actual test. If the results indicate possible hearing loss or dizziness, the physician should provide education, counseling and referral.
The benefit is available only to new beneficiaries and must be done within six months of your first coverage period.
Hearing loss is a common problem in those receiving Medicare benefits, affecting 25% to 40% of adults over 65 years of age. Many health organizations, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, recommend that hearing screening be part of the regular physical examination for this age group.
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