Ask your members of Congress to support the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2021 (H.R. 1587/S. 1731).
Professionals: Email your members of Congress today!
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Medicare only covers diagnostic tests performed by audiologists to assess hearing and balance when ordered by a physician; treatment services are not covered.
- Audiologists’ scope of practice includes auditory and vestibular treatment and neurological monitoring.
- Vestibular and audiologic treatments (within an audiologist’s scope of practice under state law) are services currently covered Medicare benefits but only when provided by other practitioners.
- Most private health plans allow for direct access to audiology services, which is consistent with state laws.
- The World Health Organization has noted that social isolation resulting from COVID-19 lockdowns has heightened the importance of ear and hearing care, highlighting that rehabilitation can help ensure that those affected, and society at large, avoid the adverse consequences.