With more than three million Canadians living with some degree of hearing loss, hearing aids are a crucial investment for maintaining health and wellbeing. They can represent great value for money when it comes to the positive changes they can make to your life. However, if the initial outlay seems expensive, you may be wondering, does insurance cover hearing aids?
More than three million Canadians living with some degree of hearing loss.
The availability of hearing aid insurance coverage largely depends on where you live in Canada. In some states, you may be entitled to full coverage, while in other areas you may only be able to receive a discount, or no insurance coverage at all. While it’s a good idea to check with your hearing care professional for the full details for what you may be eligible for, here’s a brief overview:
The way insurance providers usually work is by taking the cost of what is considered an insurance risk and spreading it across a large group of people. This helps to keep coverage prices at a reasonable rate. The insurer makes their money when you pay for your coverage but don’t make a claim.
However, when it comes to hearing loss, insurance providers generally consider this to be too high a risk. You are more likely to make an insurance claim to help cover the cost of your hearing aids, which could be worth thousands. Hearing aids are often replaced every five years, further adding to the cost for your insurer. Your insurance provider will, therefore, have less chance of making a profit.
You may consider your hearing aids to be a lifeline, keeping you connected with the world around you. However, hearing aids are generally considered to be ‘elective’ and something you choose rather than an essential need. This is why hearing aids aren’t generally covered by Medicare, Canada’s publicly funded healthcare program. While Medicare enables Canadian residents to access medically necessary medical services, the cost of hearing aids is the responsibility of the individual to cover.
If it’s been recommended that you wear one or two hearing aids to improve your hearing, you shouldn’t delay any longer. Speak to your hearing care professional about what help you might be entitled to in your state to pay for your hearing aids so you can look forward to a future of good hearing health.
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