Will the VA provide hearing aids and eyeglasses?
The VA will ensure access to audiology and eye care services including preventive health services and routine vision testing for all enrolled veterans and those veterans exempt from enrollment. Eyeglasses and hearing aids will be provided to the following veterans:
Any Vet with a compensable service-connected disability.
Former Prisoners of War (POWs).
Awarded a Purple Heart.
In receipt of benefits under Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1151.
In receipt of an increased pension based on being permanently housebound and in need of regular aid and attendance.
Those with vision or hearing impairment resulting from diseases or the existence of another medical condition for which the veteran is receiving care or services from VHA, or which resulted from treatment of that medical condition, e.g., stroke, polytrauma, traumatic brain injury, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, vascular disease, geriatric chronic illnesses, toxicity from drugs, ocular photosensitivity from drugs, cataract surgery, and/or other surgeries performed on the eye, ear, or brain resulting in vision or hearing impairment.
Those with significant functional or cognitive impairment evidenced by deficiencies in the ability to perform activities of daily living.
Those who have vision and/or hearing impairment severe enough that it interferes with their ability to participate actively in their own medical treatment and to reduce the impact of dual sensory impairment (combined hearing and vision loss).
NOTE: The term “severe” is to be interpreted as a vision and/or hearing loss that interferes with or restricts access to, involvement in, or active participation in health care services (e.g., communication or reading medication labels). The term is not to be interpreted to mean that a severe hearing or vision loss must exist to be eligible for hearing aids or eyeglasses.
Those veterans who have service-connected vision disabilities rated zero percent or service-connected hearing disabilities rated zero percent if there is organic conductive, mixed, or sensory hearing impairment, and loss of pure tone hearing sensitivity in the low, mid, or high- frequency range or a combination of frequency ranges which contribute to a loss of communication ability; however, hearing aids are to be provided only as needed for the service-connected hearing disability.
Veterans meeting the eligibility requirements to receive health care are eligible for diagnostic audiology services and eye & vision care services. Eligibility rules are the same for both inpatient and outpatient medical services. Veterans will not be denied access to audiology services and/or eye & vision care services covered by the Medical Benefits Package (38 CFR §17.38) because they do not meet the eligibility criteria for hearing aids and/or eye glasses. For additional information, veterans can contact the prosthetic representative at the nearest VA health care facility.

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1. Who is eligible for Veteran Benefits?
2. What is emergency financial aid (Veterans Temporary Assistance)?
3. What documents are necessary to receive veteran benefits?
4. I can not find my discharge papers (DD 214), how do I get my records?
5. Do the State of Pennsylvania and Chester County offer separate veterans benefits?
6. How do I apply for veteran benefits?
7. What types of benefits from the Veterans’ Administration provide direct monetary compensation to the veteran or spouse?
8. What is service connected disability compensation or “VA Comp”?
9. What supporting evidence/documents should I bring to the office to support my service-connected disability claim?
10. How is the amount of service-connected disability compensation determined?
11. If my service-connected condition becomes worse, will the VA automatically increase my disability rating?
12. Can my service-connected rating be automatically reduced by the VA?
13. What is a non service-connected VA pension?
14. I applied for this pension a few years ago and my income was too high. Now, I am no longer working and I need the assistance of others to care for me. Is there any help available?
15. I receive military retired pay and I have a disability related to my service. Should I file for disability compensation?
16. I received disability severance pay when I left the military. Will this affect my VA compensation?
17. I plan to join the Selected Reserve or the National Guard when I leave active duty. Can I file a claim for service connected disability?
18. How do I determine if I am eligible for VA medical benefits?
19. If I am enrolled with the VA what medical benefits will I receive?
20. If I am enrolled in VA medical benefits, what cost will there be for me?
21. Am I eligible for prescriptions from VA?
22. What do I do if I can't afford to make copays?
23. If enrolled, can I get dental care?
24. What is the coverage for emergency services?
25. Are there any restrictions on getting care in private facilities at VA expense?
26. Does it help my benefits if I've been awarded the Purple Heart?
27. What If I’m Catastrophically Disabled?
28. Will the VA provide hearing aids and eyeglasses?
29. Are there any special benefits for combat veterans?
30. What should I consider before deciding to cancel my enrollment?
31. How do I Cancel or Decline Enrollment?
32. How Do I Reapply for Enrollment?
33. Will the Department of Veterans Affairs pay for my funeral services if I am a Veteran?
34. What kind of benefits are available for an active duty or service-connected death?
35. Can I request to be buried at sea?
36. How can I find out the status of a headstone order?
37. What is a Presidential Memorial Certificate?