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Hearing Exams

Hearing screenings are covered under the well-child care benefit as follows:

  • All infants should undergo hearing screening using Evoked Otoacoustic Emission (EOE) and/or Auditory Brainstem Response (ARB) testing before one month of age, preferably before leaving the hospital.
  • If not tested at birth all infants should have an audiology screening before one month of age.
  • An infant who does not pass the audologic screening should undergo appropriate audiologic screening/testing to confirm the presence of a hearing loss at no later than three months of age.
  • Infants and children (through age 5) who are at high risk for hearing loss should undergo additional hearing evaluations in accordance with American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Joint Commission on Infant Hearing (JCIH) guidelines.

For beneficiaries using TRICARE Standard and Extra, hearing screenings are covered for children through age 5 (only covered under the well-child care benefit).

For beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Prime, appropriate hearing screenings are covered for all children regardless of age.

Disclaimer:

This A-Z list of topics is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers most inpatient and outpatient care that is medically necessary and considered proven. However, there are special rules or limits on certain types of care, while other types of care are not covered at all.

Last Updated 9/2/2014