Government programs

Some government programs will reimburse the cost of your hearing aids if you meet their criteria. Groupe Forget’s audioprosthetists are members of the professional order (Ordre des audioprothésistes du Québec) and are accredited with Quebec’s health insurance plan (Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec), the provincial workers’ compensation board (the CNESST) and Veterans Affairs.

For more information and to confirm your eligibility to one of these programs, make an appointment with an audioprosthetist near you.

Note that your personal insurance may partly or fully reimburse the cost of hearing aids. Contact your insurance broker for more information.

Eligibility for the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec hearing devices program

0 to 11 years old

Child affected by a hearing deficiency that may compromise speech and language development.

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Monaural (one hearing aid) :

  • Medical certificate delivered by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, certifying the hearing deficit, whether permanent or not;
  • Certification of the necessity of a hearing aid fitting delivered and signed by an audiologist or an ENT doctor;
  • Global assessment of the deficiencies and functional limitations delivered by an audiologist or a speech and language therapist.

Binaural (two hearing aids) :

  • Medical certificate delivered by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, certifying the hearing deficit, whether permanent or not;
  • Certification of the necessity of a binaural fitting delivered and signed by an audiologist, specifying that it is necessary for speech and language learning, to attend school or both;
  • Global assessment of the deficiencies and functional limitations delivered by an audiologist or a speech and language therapist.

In-the-ear :

Not eligible

Manufacturer’s repair (one or two hearing aids) :

Eligible

 

12 to 18 years old

Child affected by a hearing deficiency with a pure tone average loss of 25 dB or greater on all of the following frequencies: 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 hertz.

Monaural (one hearing aid) :

  • Medical certificate delivered by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, certifying the hearing deficit, whether permanent or not;
  • Audiogram and certification of the necessity for a hearing aid fitting delivered and signed by an audiologist or an ENT doctor.

Binaural (two hearing aids) :

  • Medical certificate delivered by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, certifying the hearing deficit, whether permanent or not;
  • Certification of the necessity of a binaural fitting delivered and signed by an audiologist specifying that it is necessary for speech and language learning, to attend school or both;
  • Global assessment of the deficiencies and functional limitations delivered by an audiologist or a speech and language therapist.

In-the-ear :

If affected by a hearing deficiency not exceeding 70 dB on any of the following frequencies: 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 hertz.

Manufacturer’s repair (one or two hearing aids) :

Eligible

 

19 years old and older/student

Person affected by a hearing deficiency with a pure tone average loss of 25 dB or greater on all of the following frequencies: 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 hertz, and who is registered in an education program acknowledged by the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, or the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, and is actively pursuing this program at the date of the assessment or of the fitting.

Remains eligible for a binaural fitting after reaching the age of 19 years old, a person with hearing deficiency who:

  • Was under the age of 19 years old on June 8, 2006, and already benefited from a binaural fitting;
  • Was under the age of 19 years old and benefited from a binaural fitting on June 8, 2006, or after.

Monaural (one hearing aid) :

  • Medical certificate delivered by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, certifying the hearing deficit, whether permanent or not;
  • Audiogram and certification of the necessity of a hearing aid fitting delivered and signed by an audiologist or an ENT doctor;
  • Certification that the person is attending school at the date of the fitting.

Binaural (two hearing aids) :

  • Medical certificate delivered by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, certifying the hearing deficit, whether permanent or not;
  • Audiogram and certification of the necessity of a hearing aid fitting delivered and signed by an audiologist;
  • Certification that the person is attending school at the date of the fitting;
  • The hearing aid fitting significantly improves the speech intelligibility threshold and this improvement is essential to the pursuit of an academic program.

In-the-ear :

If affected by a hearing deficiency not exceeding 85 dB on any of the following frequencies: 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 hertz.

Manufacturer’s repair (one or two hearing aids) :

Certification that the person is attending school at the date of the repair.

 

19 years old and older

Person whose most able ear is affected by a hearing deficiency with a pure tone average loss of 35 dB or greater on all of the following frequencies: 500, 1000 and 2000 hertz.

Monaural (one hearing aid) :

  • Medical certificate delivered by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, certifying the hearing deficit, whether permanent or not;
  • Audiogram and certification of the necessity of a hearing aid fitting delivered and signed by an audiologist or an ENT doctor;
  • Global assessment of the deficiencies and functional limitations with recommendations for a hearing aid fitting by an audiologist in the case of a person showing a hearing deficiency who is 65 years or older at the time of the assessment.

Binaural (two hearing aids) :

  • Medical certificate delivered by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, certifying the hearing deficit, whether permanent or not;
  • Audiogram and certification of the necessity of a hearing aid fitting delivered and signed by an audiologist;
  • Only an official and recent letter from the employer certifying that the person is employed, full-time, part-time or seasonally is accepted. The certification is valid for one year*;
  • The hearing aid fitting significantly improves the speech intelligibility threshold and this improvement is essential for compensated employment.

In-the-ear :

If affected by a hearing deficiency not exceeding 85 dB on any of the following frequencies: 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 hertz.

Manufacturer’s repair (one or two hearing aids) :

Eligible

*Self-employed persons must provide one of the following two documents: a copy of the employment agreement(s) and invoices or the personal provincial notice of assessment with work apparent income (the company’s notice of assessment is not accepted).

 

Person with a hearing deficiency and other limitations

Person affected by a hearing deficiency and presenting other functional limitations that, taken as a whole, prevent this person from being integrated socially, in school or at work.

Monaural (one hearing aid) :

  • Medical certificate delivered by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, certifying the hearing deficit, whether permanent or not;
  • Audiogram delivered and signed by an audiologist or an ENT doctor;
  • Certification of the necessity of a hearing aid fitting delivered and signed by an audiologist;
  • Global assessment of the deficiencies and functional limitations with recommendations for a hearing aid fitting delivered by an audiologist;
  • In the case of a visually handicapped person, a certification delivered by an establishment recognized in the dispensing of visual aids, certifying the person is legally known to have a visual impairment.

Binaural (two hearing aids) :

  • Medical certificate delivered by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, certifying the hearing deficit, whether permanent or not;
  • Audiogram delivered and signed by an audiologist;
  • Global assessment of the deficiencies and functional limitations with recommendations for a binaural hearing aid fitting delivered and signed by an audiologist;
  • In the case of a visually handicapped person, a certification delivered by an establishment recognized in the dispensing of visual aids, certifying the person is legally known to have a visual impairment;
  • A person whose visual impairment is such that it justifies the use of a second hearing aid.

In-the-ear :

A person at least 12 years of age affected by a hearing deficiency not exceeding 70 dB on any of the following frequencies: 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 hertz, and for a hearing impaired person who is 19 years or older and affected by a hearing deficiency not exceeding 85 dB on any of the above-mentioned frequencies.

Manufacturer’s repair (one or two hearing aids) :

Eligible