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Assistive Devices Program

Hearing Aids

What kinds of hearing aids are funded by the Assistive Devices Program (ADP)?

ADP also provides funding assistance for certain FM systems.

What kinds of hearing aids are not covered by the ADP?

Who can apply?

Any permanent resident of Ontario with a long-term physical disability who requires the use of a hearing aid for six months or longer and has a valid Health Card issued in his or her name.

ADP does not pay for equipment available under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or for Group 'A' veterans for their pensioned conditions.

How do I apply for ADP funding?

Children (individuals 18 years of age and younger) who are applying for the first time or whose hearing is not stable must be examined by a medical doctor who is a hearing specialist (an otolaryngologist). The doctor will complete the appropriate section of the application form.

The doctor will refer you to an audiologist who is registered with ADP and called an authorizer. If you are already an ADP client, you may go directly to an audiologist registered with ADP.
The audiologist will assess your hearing and select the appropriate make and model of hearing aid and FM system (if required) that meets your hearing needs. The assessment will include a hearing test.

Eligibility for ADP funding assistance is based on established policies. If you are determined eligible the authorizer will complete the appropriate sections of the application form.

Adults (individuals 19 years of age and older) may choose one of the following:

  1. Go to a doctor. The doctor will verify the need for the hearing aid and then complete the appropriate section of the application form.

    Then go to an authorizer who is registered with ADP – either an Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Practitioner.  The authorizer will assess your hearing and select the appropriate make and model of hearing aid and FM system (if required) that meets your hearing needs.  The assessment will include a hearing test.  If you are determined eligible, the authorizer will complete the appropriate sections of the application form.

    OR

  2. Go to an audiologist who is a registered authorizer with ADP. The audiologist will verify your need for a hearing aid.  The audiologist will assess your hearing and select the appropriate make and model of hearing aid and FM system (if required) that meets your hearing needs. The assessment will include a hearing test. If you are determined eligible, the authorizer will complete the appropriate sections of the application form.

Does the ADP pay for my hearing test?

No. OHIP may or you may be responsible for payment

Who sells me the hearing aid?

You must buy your hearing aid from a vendor registered with ADP.  The registered vendor bills ADP for the amount it will pay towards your hearing aid and charges you the remaining cost.

How much does ADP pay for hearing aids?

ADP will pay the ADP registered vendor 75 per cent up to a maximum of $500 of the cost of the hearing aid listed with ADP, including the earmold, and dispensing fee.

If you need hearing aids for both ears, ADP will pay the registered vendor 75 per cent up to a maximum of $1000 of the cost of two hearing aids listed with ADP, including earmolds, and dispensing fees.

The earmold must be bought at the same time as the hearing aid. 

The registered vendor will charge a dispensing fee to fit the hearing aid.  The dispensing fee may vary depending on the type of hearing aid.

For FM systems, ADP will pay the registered vendor 75 per cent up to a maximum of $1,350 of the cost of the ADP listed device and dispensing fee.

Will my health insurance company cover my share of the cost?

Many will.  If you have private medical coverage, check with your insurer or agent.

What if I need to replace my hearing aid?

If you experience a significant change in your hearing or change in medical condition, please see your authorizer for an assessment of your hearing needs.

If your equipment is no longer under warranty and cannot be repaired at a reasonable cost, the ADP may contribute towards the cost of a replacement.

ADP will not pay for the replacement of equipment lost, stolen or damaged through misuse. You are encouraged to buy private insurance to cover these possibilities.

For More Information

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Assistive Devices Program
7th Floor, 5700 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2M 4K5

Toronto 416-327-8804
Toll-free 1-800-268-6021
TDD/TTY 416-327-4282
TDD/TTY 1-800-387-5559
Fax 416-327-8192
e-mail: adp@ontario.ca