National Coverage Determination (NCD)

Tinnitus Masking


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Tracking Information

Publication Number
Manual Section Number
Manual Section Title
Tinnitus Masking
Version Number
Effective Date of this Version
This is a longstanding national coverage determination. The effective date of this version has not been posted.
Ending Effective Date of this Version

Description Information

Benefit Category
Durable Medical Equipment

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Item/Service Description

A tinnitus masker is a device designed to be worn like a behind-the-ear hearing aid by persons seeking relief from tinnitus. Tinnitus is the perception of noise in the ear and/or head area. The masker produces external sounds to distract the person from the tinnitus.

By producing an external sound a few decibels above the person's audible threshold, tinnitus masking is thought to provide sufficient distraction from subjective idiopathic tinnitus to alleviate the discomfort and debilitation associated with endogenous sounds within the ear and/or head area.

Indications and Limitations of Coverage

Tinnitus masking is considered an experimental therapy at this time because of the lack of controlled clinical trials demonstrating effectiveness and the unstudied possibility of serious toxicity in the form of noise induced hearing loss. Therefore, it is not covered.

Additional Information

Other Versions
Title Version Effective Between
Tinnitus Masking - RETIRED 3 04/10/2023 - 12/18/2014 View
Tinnitus Masking - RETIRED 2 12/18/2014 - 12/18/2014 View
Tinnitus Masking 1 01/01/1966 - 12/18/2014 You are here