Early detection key to preventing vision loss and hearing loss with age

Senior woman visiting optician.

Among the many changes we face with age, vision loss and hearing loss are among the most common.

The good news is, with early detection and the help of a health care expert, seniors can overcome, or at least slow the advancement of, many vision and hearing challenges.

Vision and hearing discount programs are a few of the many valuable benefits included in worry-free, hassle-free WPS Medicare supplement insurance plans. For no additional premiums or membership fees, customers can save on select eye care and eyewear, hearing screenings, hearing aids, and more.

Vision Care Program

Vision changes throughout our lifetime. Beyond normal vision changes related to age, your risk for eye diseases also goes up after age 60 and, if left untreated, can forever damage your vision. These conditions can include age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, or glaucoma.

Since many eye health problems don’t cause symptoms early on, they can be difficult to spot. That’s why regular eye exams are so important for maintaining good eye health and vision as you age. All WPS Medicare supplement insurance plan customers can access the EyeMed Vision Care discount program and pay no additional premiums or membership fees.*

EyeMed offers savings on eye care and eyewear at thousands of provider locations nationwide. The network includes many familiar retailers, such as Aurora Vision Centers, LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Shopko Eyecare Centers, Target Optical, and Wisconsin Vision, among others. As a WPS customer, all you have to do is show your ID card at a participating provider to receive a discount.

Discounted services include eye exams, eyeglasses, conventional contact lenses, and even laser vision correction. For details on customer benefits, visit our website and click the Brochure Download button. You can also search for participating providers in your area using EyeMed’s online Provider Locator.

Hearing Program

Roughly one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing, according to The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Age-related hearing loss is often gradual, so people may not realize they’ve lost some ability to hear. Even if the signs and symptoms seem clear to others, it takes the average person with hearing loss five to seven years before they seek help.

Hearing loss can make a major impact on all areas of life, making it hard to chat with family and friends and missing phone calls, doorbells, or even smoke alarms. One of the best things you can do when it comes to your hearing health is talk to a health care provider to learn more and seek treatment options, if needed.

The Hear In America discount program is another benefit available to WPS Medicare supplement insurance customers.* Customers can get:

  • Free hearing screening
  • A three-year warranty on new hearing aids
  • Free office services (including retests, cleanings, and adjustments) for three years
  • A 45-day trial period for hearing aids
  • Discounts on manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for hearing aids from nine major manufacturers

*Vision and hearing programs are not part of the insurance policy and are offered at no additional charge for membership. Enrollment in these programs is subject to contract renewal. This is an advertisement for insurance. Neither Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation nor its agents are connected with the federal Medicare program.

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