Hearing Devices- Let's remove the price tag on the ability to hear!

Hearing Devices- Let's remove the price tag on the ability to hear!

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Noel Natalie started this petition to Assisted Devices Program and

Please take a moment to read and sign this petition. There should NOT be a price tag on the ability to hear. Families of children with hearing loss, deserve the ability to purchase assistive technology without struggling to find the means to pay for it.

As a parent of a child diagnosed with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears, I find it tough to grasp the lack of support that is offered to families with children requiring hearing devices. Any level of hearing loss has a significant impact on children's social development, speech/language and academic achievements. 

At the age of 10 months old, our daughter had cochlear implant surgery and 4 years later, we required to upgrade her processors. The Ontario Governments, Assisted Device Program covers up to a max. amount of $5,444 per replacement processor, which leaves parents paying out of pocket over $12,500 every 3 years. This doesn't include the cost for additional batteries, coil cables, water covers, dry boxes, safety equipment (specialized alarm clocks, fire alarms etc.)

There are other provinces that offer full coverage for children up to the age of 8. Why is Ontario not doing the same? 

While there is some government assistance in Ontario for those who qualify and SOME are able to use benefits through their employment, there is still thousands left for the families to cover once these benefits are applied. 

When hearing devices are worn consistently, they have the potential to assist children in learning to listen at a "typical" hearing level and develop speech. Expenses for pieces are not always under warranty and repairs for pieces are expected to be paid by the family. Families shouldn't have to struggle to pay for benefits that I believe are a human right; my daughter did not choose to be born deaf, but she wants to choose to hear-- which she should be entitled to; its her right!

Sign this petition, so we can push the government to realize that there should be no price tag to giving our children the opportunity to hear! Thanks for everyone’s support.

 

 

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