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Hearing aids

The BC Early Hearing Program will pay for the first set of hearing aids for infants and young children identified with permanent hearing loss when eligibility requirements are met. 

Hearing aid services are provided through local public health audiology clinics in BC. 

Hearing Equipment Plan 

If your child is under 3½ years of age with permanent hearing loss, he or she may be eligible for this program. Your child’s audiologist will need to provide hearing test results showing hearing levels and type of hearing loss for each ear. Your child will also need medical approval from a pediatric otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist) before hearing aids can be fit.

 

The BC Early Hearing Program coverage includes the reasonable costs associated with childhood use of hearing aids. There are maximum limits to the coverage; however, the following are included:

  • One set of hearing aids
  • Earmolds and batteries for the first 3 years of fitting, or until the child reaches 5 years of age, whichever comes first
  • Loaner hearing aids when needed
Hearing aids are available from all major manufacturers. Your audiologist will work with you to select the most appropriate technology for your child.
 

Your child's personal information (including name, date of birth, and basic information about his or her hearing loss) is collected by the BC Early Hearing Program under the authority of the province's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, section 26.  The information will help the BC Early Hearing Program determine how well it is meeting families' needs and how we can improve services. To help us provide services to your family, BC Early Hearing Program may need to share this information about your child with professionals who provide services as part of the program. These professionals might include other hospitals, hearing clinics, health units, child development centres, early intervention programs or education centres.

 
See the Hearing Equipment Plan brochure for more information. Translated brochures are available on the Family Handouts page.

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Cochlear implants

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device that directly stimulates the auditory (hearing) nerve. It can provide sound for people who have bilateral severe-to-profound hearing loss and receive little or no benefit from conventional hearing aids.

See the BC Children’s Hospital Cochlear Implant clinic for information. Talk to your public health audiologist about cochlear implants or if you would like your child referred to the BC Children’s Hospital Cochlear Implant Team for an assessement.

Cochlear implant

Cochlear Implants

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device that directly stimulates the auditory (hearing) nerve. It can provide sound for people who have bilateral severe-to-profound hearing loss and receive little or no benefit from conventional hearing aids.

See the BC Children’s Hospital Cochlear Implant Services website for information.

Who is a candidate for a cochlear implant at BC Children’s Hospital?

Discuss with your public health audiologist if you would like more information about cochlear implants in BC and/or if you would like your child referred to the BC Children’s Hospital Cochlear Implant Team for a candidacy assessment.

The BC Children’s Hospital Cochlear Implant Candidacy Assessment includes:
  • Audiology review to measure the child’s hearing levels and evaluate hearing aid benefit
  • A review of the early intervention services that the child has received and how the child has progressed
  • Medical review to ensure that the child does not have any medical conditions that might prevent the use of an implant
  • Social work appointment
  • A CT and MRI scan of the inner ear (similar to x-rays) to ensure the inner ear is suitable for insertion of the electrode array
Once these assessments are complete, the Cochlear Implant team will discuss the results, and determine whether a cochlear implant is an option. If your child is a candidate for implantation, your family can then decide whether to go ahead. Cochlear implant surgery is usually done after a child is at least one year of age.
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