VA - How fast are New Technology Hearing Aids available at Veterans Administration?



Does the VA get New Technology Hearing Aids as fast as the private sector?
Or is the availability of New Technology Hearing Aids delayed at the VA?

Another way to ask this; Has any Veteran received the following new technology hearing aids?

  • Phonak Marvel
  • ReSound LiNX Quattro
  • Starkey Livio

New Oticon Opn S Hearing Aid

Thanks for posting this. I am a Vet and recently went to Vietnam Vetrans of America to get help filling out a disability claim for hearing loss and tinnitus. VVA folks were great at helping me get my claim properly filled out. It looks like it may be up to a year to get approval and then schedule an appointment with VA Audiologist. I did receive a letter from VA after about a month stating that they are reviewing my claim. Assuming that I qualify for HAs I will ask for the latest technology ( Marvels, Opn S or what ever the most promising aids available through VA).
I have a 37 year old daughter with severe/profound hearing loss since birth and have been involved wit HAs for her since about age 2. I read this site often to be better prepared to trial at least 2 aids.


Do we have any Veterans who recently received new hearing aids from the VA?

If Yes, are they Phonak/ReSound/Starkey/Widex hearing aids?
If Yes, what model hearing aid, and what date did you receive them?

We are seeking to determine if any Veterans have been issued the following new technology hearing aids;

  • 2018-Q4 Phonak AudĂ©o M
  • 2018-Q3 ReSound LiNX Quattro
  • 2018-Q3 Starkey Livio
  • 2018-Q2 Widex Evoke


On another thread, @jaxxtaxx posted getting Resound Quattros from VA


From the VA, I just picked up a set of Linx Quattro 61 Mini, on 2.21.19. Ordered them 1.23.19, and they were available in only two weeks, but i could not pick them up due to personal activity. That was just yesterday, so it will take awhile to get the hang of the Mic and the Phone Clip. No idea how long they were available. I was just impressed with the step up in technology from my two prior sets.


I received Quattros in December. Could have gotten the Starkey’s. Don’t know about the others, didn’t ask. My understanding is that the VA refreshes models on a scheduled basis. One is November, don’t know about any other months. To say I am pleased with the choices and services at the VA would be an understatement.



I have an appointment with VA audiology for March. I don’t know if I will qualify for aids, but if I do, I will post results


I finished a trial of the Signia 312 NX7’s mid January 2019 thu the VA. I asked about the Marvel’s and was told they were hoping to have them on contract in May. I am currently trialing the OPN1’s and might try the Quattro’s next if they can get them. So far I do like the OPN’s.


Shouldn’t take nearly as long as before with the VA Joe_Strib. Just filed my claim on 2/4. Was notified on 2/7 that my C&P Exam would be on 2/22 and final decision due o/a 7/2. That’s blazing fast, for them! Good luck.

Edit: VA made final decision (approval) on 2/28. That’s only 24 days start to finish. But, cannot get an appointment at VA until 5/7. LOL.


I received Starkey Livios from the VA in December. The Audi adked if I hade a iphone. I don’t so I got Livio 2400s, but if I did I am sure I would have gotten the AI version. When I was fitted the audi said she ordered me 6 months worth of batteries and 10 sets of domes.


My VA audiologist has told me that the next time Phonak will announce any new VA HA’s, if any, will be this coming May. This may be true of all HA companies who supply the VA.


I received my hearing aids from the VA within the last 6 months.
They are great! Bluetooth and everything.



Received Resound LINX Quattro with Ultra Power Receivers Feb 25, 2019
When ordering Audi made comment these aids had been in the VA system since November 2018.