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Sandy, agree that hearing better would be good for him and in some ways might be considered "comfort care." The big question is how Medicare will view it, as they pay for the hospice program. So just call and ask.
A real obstacle is the delays that might be involved. If it takes a few months to get the aids from the VA, and then several weeks for Dad to get used to them, How much benefit is really going to derive from them?
The reason I delved into this is the son of one of my dearest friends is an injured veteran from the Vietnam era and the VA is where he goes for medical care. Except in an emergency, of course, everything he has to go through is not accomplished in days or weeks, but in months, and sometimes several months.
One of the rules eligibility for hearing aids is that the veteran must be having all his or her medical care at the VA. That may require a few months when your father would not be getting other care other than through the VA.
Only you know whether or not that would be practical in your father's circumstances. If he is enrolled in hospice now, a doctor had to have opined that your father had 6 months or less to live. And, is he in a care facility as well, where he may have the regular services of the facility doctor?
I thank you have to find out first if your father is even eligible for va hearing aids provided at no cost. If they're not, and considering the time factor, your only options may be going without or privately purchasing them.
One of the reasons dr. Dennis mentions that makes a veteran eligible for hearing aid is hearing loss severe enough that having hearing aids would allow the patient to participate in his own medical care. I'm wondering if Medicare/Medicaid (if your dad receives his medical care from that source) may have a similar standard.
I'm concern that anything you do except for private pay would takes so much time as to not be beneficial or logical for your dad.
Any information you uncover could be very beneficial to others on this forum. Please keep posting.
If he's never worn a hearing aid, I'd consult an audiologist about the wisdom of getting him one at this point. It's not always a simple adjustment even when someone is in good health.
Another possibility is to take Dad off hospice care, go to the VA, and get back on hospice. Exactly how that would work is something else you can ask hospice.