Cost & Funding
Limestone Hearing Care Centre offers competitive pricing for hearing aids at every price point and level of technology. Currently, Ontario residents are eligible for a $500 grant per hearing aid. See Assistive Device Program below for more information.
How much do Hearing Aids cost?
Hearing aids range in cost depending on the level of technology and the style chosen. Everyone with a valid Ontario Health Card is able to apply for funding assistance for hearing aid purchases. The total cost of one reasonable entry level hearing aid may be about $1200 before any funding is taken off. The total cost of one premium level technology hearing aid may be about $3000 before any funding is taken off. Of course, mid-level technology is priced somewhere in between entry level and premium level technology. See below for funding information.
Is there any FUNDING available for hearing aids? YES!
Ontario Residents: Assistive Device Program
In Ontario the Assistive Device Program (ADP), a division of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, may assist eligible individuals with a valid Ontario Health Card to purchase hearing aids. Through ADP, a grant of $500 may be available toward the cost of each hearing aid. The funding is applied for by Limestone Hearing Care Clinic after the hearing aid user signs the application form. The funding is taken off the bill at the time of purchase.
This means that if one hearing aid is purchased at a total cost of $1200, ADP may pay $500 toward the cost of the aid on the individual’s behalf. In this case, the individual would pay only $700 for the hearing aid.
If two hearing aids are purchased at a total cost of $2400, ADP may pay $1000 toward the cost of the aids on the individual’s behalf. In this case, the individual would pay only $1400 of the $2400 at the time of purchase.
The funding from the Assistive Device Program is funding that must be applied for. If a patient is replacing previously funded hearing aids there must be good reason to do so (for example: the aids are no longer suitable for the hearing loss, the aids require repairs that are costly, or the aids need repair but the manufacturer no longer services the model). The Assistive Device Program will not replace lost hearing aids,
Beyond ADP, some people may qualify for assistance from other government agencies such as the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) or the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
Veterans Affairs Canada
If an individual has hearing loss from work done in the military, VAC may provide funding for hearing aids. The individual must apply to VAC for this coverage prior to purchasing hearing aids. Veteran Affairs Canada is located at 61 Hyperion Crt, Suite 4 in Kingston. Their toll free telephone number is 1-866-522-2122. For more information visit their web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
If an individual has hearing loss from noise exposure in an Ontario work place, WSIB may provide funding for hearing aids. The individual must apply to WSIB for this coverage prior to purchasing hearing aids. In Kingston there is a WSIB office at 234 Concession Street, Suite 304. An appointment can be made to discuss establishing a claim with WISB by calling 613-544-9682 or toll free at 1-800-267-9461. Be prepared to provide a complete work history, including different positions held at each employer. You will also need to have a complete hearing assessment by an audiologist and a medical review with an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor. Both reports need to be submitted to your file with WSIB. For more information visit their web site at www.wsib.on.ca
Ministry of Community and Social Services/Ontario Disability Support Program
If an individual is receiving benefits from the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and hearing aids have been recommended, the Ministry may assist with the cost of purchasing hearing aids. The purchase must be approved by the Ministry before the hearing aids are ordered and fit on the individual.