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The DoD sponsored Retiree-At-Cost Hearing Aid Program (RACHAP) and the Retiree Hearing Aid Purchase Program (RHAPP) are designed to help military retirees purchase hearing aids through an Audiology Clinic at a special government negotiated cost. The hearing aids available through this program are the same state-of-the art technologies available to active duty service members. The program is open to all military retirees who have hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Dependents of military retirees are not eligible for this program.
Retirees can buy hearing aids at a significant savings by using the program. For example, a set of hearing aids (one of the best available) that retails for about $5000.00 costs a retiree as little as $755.00 or about 15% of the retail costs. Services for the hearing evaluation, hearing aid fitting and follow up hearing aid checks are part of the retiree benefits and are available at no cost to you.
Not every military medical facility is able to provide the RACHAP program. If you are traveling to a participating site from out of town, you need to compare your travel costs and purchase savings to the costs of purchasing hearing aids privately in your local community. Travel and overnight expenses are not covered. Generally, at least two visits are required for you to get hearing aids; one for your hearing evaluation and one for your hearing aid fitting.
NOTE: Participating facilities (CONUS\OCONUS) are listed below. The list of facilities is also available online at http://militaryaudiology.org/site/rachaprhapp-locations/
Also, military retirees may be eligible for hearing aids from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and receive hearing aids from the VA free of charge – in most cases there is no costs to the patient. The Audiology Department can provide you with more information about VA services or you may contact the VA directly at 1-877-222-8387 or 1-800-827-1000.
Dependents of retirees are not eligible for hearing aid services from military treatment facilities (including RACHAP) or from TRICARE. The family member is eligible for hearing evaluations and the audiologist can provide them with more information about hearing aids or local providers.
STATE SITE DSN PHONE COMMERCIAL PHONE RACHAP/RHAPP?
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AL Fort Rucker 255-7185 334-255-7185 Yes
CA Travis AFB 799-7163 707-423-7163 Yes
CT Groton NB 888-NAVY-MED Yes
GA Fort Benning 544-3633 706-544-3498 Yes
GA Fort Gordon 773-6689 706-787-6689 Yes, but limited
IL Lovell FHCC* 224-610-3759 Yes, 75 mile radius
KS Fort Riley 785-240-7363 Yes
LA Fort Polk 863-3300 337-531-3276 Yes
MD Andrews AFB 857-8860 240-857-8860 Yes
MD WRNMMCB** 301-295-7840 Yes
NC Fort Bragg 337-6751 910-907-6751 Yes
NE Offutt AFB 271-7375 402-294-7375 Yes
NH Portsmouth 684-2081 888-NAVY-MED Yes
NV Nellis AFB 348-2273 702-653-2273 Yes
RI Newport NB 888-NAVY-MED No
SC Fort Jackson 734-6039 803-751-5406 Yes
TX Lackland AFB 554-5421 210-292-5421 Yes
VA Fort Belvoir 571-231-2548 Yes
VA Portsmouth 377-2800 757-953-2800 Not at this time.
WA Bremerton 439-9214 360-475-4214 Yes, 75 mile radius
* = Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC)
** = Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda (WRNMMCB)
OUTSIDE THE 48 STATES:
LOCATION SITE DSN PHONE COMMERCIAL PHONE RACHAP/RHAPP?
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Alaska Elmendorf AFB 580-5974 907-580-5974 Yes
Alaska Fort Wainwright 317-5212 907-353-5212 Yes
England Lakenheath AB 314-226-8010\Opr 332 11441638528583 Yes
Germany Landstuhl*** 486-8188 11-49-6371-86-8188 No Army
Germany Spanghdalem AB 314-452-8238 11496565958238 Yes
Guam 671-344-9271 Yes
Hawaii Tripler 808-433-5742 Yes
Italy Naples 314-625-4500 0434305459 Yes
Italy Sigonella 314-624-5331 Yes
Italy Aviano AB 314-632-5459 Yes
Spain Navy Hosp Rota 011-34-956-82-3301 Yes
Japan Okinawa 011-81-61174-37616 Yes
Japan Yokota AB 315-225-2017 011-81-31175-52017 Yes
Korea Yongsan 315-763-4099 011-822-9671-4099 Yes
*** = No Army sites in Germany