Hearing Aids in BC: What supports are available for low income seniors to get hearing aids?

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What supports are available for low income seniors to get hearing aids?

Question

Is it possible to get help with getting hearing aids for a low income senior?

Our answer

Your question is an important one that is raised by many people as they get older.

HealthLink BC – the free provincial health line and website – has posted articles on hearing loss and hearing aids that are a great starting point. Here is an excerpt:

If you think you have a hearing problem and are thinking about getting hearing aids, see your health care provider. If your health care provider thinks you may need hearing aids, another type of specialist (audiologist) can help determine what type of hearing aid will work best for you. The audiologist will pick a hearing aid based on the type and how much hearing loss you have and other factors.

Hearing aids differ in how they look, what size they are, where they are placed in the ear, and how much they can amplify sounds. You can wear hearing aids behind your ear, in your outer ear, in your ear canal or completely implanted in the ear. The kind of hearing aid you choose depends on many things, including your degree of hearing loss, your doctor or audiologist's advice, and what kind of hearing aid you want.

You can also contact HealthLink by phone – any time of the day or night, every day of the year – at  8-1-1 toll-free in B.C. or 7-1-1 for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Other sources of information and support for British Columbians with hearing loss include:

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