FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 9, 2013) -- Retirees and their Family members enrolled to Lyster Army Health Clinic may be eligible for hearing aids at a substantially-reduced cost through the Retiree-at-Cost Hearing Aid Program.

The program provides retirees and their Family members older than age of 18 the opportunity to buy hearing aids at government cost, usually around $1,000. Generally, two hearing aids can run upward of $8,000 if purchased through an off-post seller.

"We are able to get the hearing aids for the government rate anywhere from $700-$1,000, which saves the retirees a significant amount of money," said Jamie Crook, licensed clinical chief audiologist at Lyster.

Lyster is even able to offer options when picking out the right hearing aid, including state-of-the-art remote controls and Bluetooth accessories.

"Many military treatment facilities do not offer the program due to staffing and mission requirements; however, Lyster is able and happy to accommodate our retirees," Crook said.

Retirees who wish to make an appointment with the audiology clinic need to first be registered in the Lyster system. Registration can be completed by calling the patient administrative division.

Once registered, retirees or their Family members can make an appointment to see an audiologist for a full audiological evaluation and discuss amplification options.

"We are proud of this program as it greatly benefits our retiree community," Crook said. "We are currently serving retirees from all over the United States -- from as far as Colorado, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Nevada."

People who wish to enroll at Lyster should call 255-7056 or 255-7236. People who are currently enrolled at Lyster and have specific questions regarding RACHAP or wish to make an appointment, can call the Lyster Audiology Clinic at 255-7185.

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