Q. Do I need to be referred by my doctor to have my hearing tested?
A. No, a doctor’s referral is not required to book your hearing test with Toronto Family Hearing. This applies for both adults and children.
Q. When should I have my hearing checked?
A. Routinely throughout life, just as you would have your eyes and teeth checked. Infants have their hearing tested at birth but many people neglect their hearing health for decades. We encourage people to have their hearing tested at major life milestones, such as beginning grade school, entering university, retirement, turning 65, etc. This ensures that any changes in your hearing are identified as soon as possible, and provides a medical history of your hearing health in the event there are problems in the future. Healthy hearing is one of the best ways to stay connected to the world around you.
Q. Is the hearing test covered by OHIP?
A. No, OHIP no longer covers hearing testing. Hearing tests were delisted from OHIP in August of 2001. There are some exceptions to this rule however. For instance, if you are being seen by an otolaryngologist or ear nose and throat specialist (ENT) and a hearing test is being performed during that appointment, the specialist is able to bill OHIP for the testing.
Q. If the hearing test is not covered by OHIP, how much will it cost?
A. At Toronto Family Hearing a hearing test will cost $95 for children, $65 for adults and $45 for seniors. If you have private insurance coverage (e.g. a health insurance plan provided by your employer) you may be able to seek reimbursement through your benefit plan for the cost of the hearing test. You can contact your group insurance provider to determine eligibility and your level of coverage.
Q. How do I detect changes in my own hearing?
A. Changes in your hearing often happen slowly over time, so you cannot detect changes without routine hearing checks. Chances are other people will notice changes in your hearing well before you will. This is why routine hearing tests are so important.
Q. Are hearing aids covered by OHIP?
A. OHIP provides partial coverage of hearing aids for every resident of Ontario through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP). ADP provides a grant of $500 per ear, once every 2-5 years, if required. Your audiologist will provide you with the proper forms to complete. Once completed, your audiologist can bill OHIP directly. This way you do not have to pay that portion up front and seek reimbursement later.
Q. Who uses hearing aids?
A. Potentially anyone who appears to be hearing well. You are more likely to notice someone who isn’t using hearing aids than someone who is. The latest digital hearing aid technology ensures they are very light and barely visible. You probably don’t notice people wearing hearing aids as often anymore due to the development of new technology that keeps them small and compact.
Q. Are there any other sources of funding for hearing aids?
A. Funding for hearing aids may also be provided by WSIB, DVA, ODSP, OW and FNIH. To find out if you qualify, please see the links below or contact our audiologist.
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
- Department of Veteran’s Affairs
- Ontario Disability Support Program
- Ontario Works
- First Nations and Inuit Health
If you have private insurance (e.g. a health insurance plan provided by your employer) you may be able to seek reimbursement for the cost of hearing aids through your benefit plan. The level of coverage varies depending on your plan. You can contact your group insurance provider to determine eligibility and your level of coverage.
Q. How much do hearing aids cost?
A. A Hearing aid and related services from Toronto Family Hearing can cost approximately $1000-$3400 per ear, after OHIP coverage. These prices represent the total out-of-pocket cost for patients, and typically include dispensing/fitting services, batteries, warranties and follow-up appointments. For more information please make an appointment with our Audiologist.
Q. Do I have to pay HST on hearing aids?
A. Hearing aids are classified as medical devices so they are exempt from HST. In fact, any portion you pay out of pocket might qualify as a claim when filing your income taxes. Click here for more information from the Canada Revenue Agency.
Q. Why is there such a range when it comes to the cost of hearing aids?
A. Like any electronic device, there are different levels of technology and capabilities built into hearing aids. The more features and/or options (for example, circuits to help understand speech better in the presence of background noise), the greater the cost of the aids.
Q. When should I use hearing aids?
A. Anytime that a situation demands it you should be using hearing aids. Hearing aids help you be yourself by making you comfortable in situations that are challenging your hearing ability. This way you can always perform at your best.