FACT SHEET:
Hearing Aid Evaluation
 

Ontario Health Insurance Plan

What does OHIP cover?

 OHIP insures diagnostic hearing tests ordered and performed by qualified physicians.

 Diagnostic hearing tests requested or arranged by third parties, e.g. school boards, employers, Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) etc. are not insured services.  Third party requests are not paid by OHIP.

 What is changing?

 Hearing aid evaluation and re-evaluation will no longer be insured by OHIP as these services are in the discipline of audiology and do not require a physician to provide or supervise the service.  

 Tinnitus is a condition of buzzing, whistling or ringing in the ear.  A tinnitus masker is a device like a hearing aid which emits a sound in the ear to mask these other sounds.  The evaluation for this device will no longer be insured by OHIP as it does not require a physician to provide or supervise the service. 

 

What is not covered?

 Hearing aid evaluation and re-evaluation and tinnitus masker evaluation are no longer insured services beginning July 2001. 

 Why?

 These services do not require the expertise of a physician to provide or supervise the service. 

 What does the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) cover?

 The Assistive Devices Program may contribute to the cost of your hearing aid if you are eligible.  Your audiologist will be paid a dispensing fee for fitting and adjusting the hearing aid. 

 For information on this program contact the Assistive devices Program (ADP) at 1-800-268-6021 or write:

 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Assistive Devices Program
7th floor, 5700 Yonge St.
North York, ON   M2M 4K5

 

 


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