COSTCO, N.Y. — Costco will begin offering newborn hearing aids coverage at its hearing aid stores beginning in 2018, the company announced Wednesday.
The costco.com/audibel program will begin coverage in February for the first time, the announcement said.
Costco, the No. 1 online grocery retailer, has offered newborn hearing loss coverage for nearly a year, and announced last year that it was expanding the program to cover hearing aids at its stores.
Costcenow, the largest independent hearing aid manufacturer, has also said that it plans to offer infant hearing aid as well.
The new policy expands coverage to the hearing aid business, and will cover hearing devices and hearing aids that are sold through the company’s online store, the news release said.
The announcement was made at the annual American Hearing Association annual convention in Chicago.
Costcom said it had not yet determined how much coverage it will offer, but added that the program will not be available at the costco store in the Twin Cities.
The Twin Cities, along with Minneapolis, have the most expensive hearing loss rates in the U.S., according to the American College of Audiology.
The U.K.-based company, founded in 1987, has more than 4,300 stores in 50 states.
The company is also a member of the U-M Health System.