Yes. The Ontario government provides funding through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP). The goal of ADP is to offer consumer-focused support and funding to Ontario residents who deal with long-term physical disabilities. The ADP provides access to personalized assistive devices appropriate for the individual’s basic needs. ADP funding can be used towards the purchase of:
Behind-the-ear hearing aids
Canal and completely-in-the-canal hearing aids
Eyeglass hearing aids
In-the-ear hearing aids
Body hearing aids
FM systems and some accessories
Have a long-term hearing loss and require the use of a hearing aid for six months or more
Be eligible for Ontario Health Insurance and have a valid Health Card
Please note ADP does not pay for hearing assistive devices and equipment obtainable under Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) or to Group “A” veterans for their pensioned conditions.
Tinnitus is the perception of sound in one or both ears or in the head when no external sound is present.
The tinnitus may be perceived as a ringing sound, but many people may experience other sounds such as high-pitched hissing, sizzling, buzzing, chirping, or clicking.
The sound may be constant or occur intermittently. Several noises may be heard simultaneously.
Feelings of pressure and fullness or pain in or around the ears may accompany the tinnitus.
More than 360, 000 Canadians experience bothersome tinnitus.
It can affect people of all ages, including children.
Not everyone experiences tinnitus to the same degree.
Causes of Tinnitus
The exact cause or causes of tinnitus are unknown. There are, however, several likely sources known to trigger or worsen tinnitus including:
Noise-induced hearing loss: Excessive noise exposure can damage and even destroy hair cells in the inner ear. Coincidentally, up to 90 percent of all patients diagnosed with tinnitus deal with some level of hearing loss.
Wax build-up in the ear canal: Occasionally, people’s ears build up enough wax that their hearing can be affected or that their tinnitus may seem louder.
Certain medications: There are some medications that are toxic to the ears (referred to as ototoxic). Some side effects in medication cause tinnitus, but avoid damaging the inner ear.
Ear or sinus infections: Many people, including children, experience tinnitus together with an ear or sinus infection.
Jaw misalignment: Tinnitus can also be the side effect of misaligned jaw joints or jaw muscles. Many dentists specialize in this problem professionally referred to as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) misalignment. They can usually provide assistance to your tinnitus through treatment of TMJ.
High or low blood pressure: This may cause “pulsatile tinnitus” where you may hear a rhythmic pulsing, often in time with your heartbeat.
There are many advantages of binaural amplification (two hearing aids) as opposed to monaural amplification (one hearing aid). We often recommend two hearing aids for patients who have bilateral hearing loss or hearing loss in both ears. Our brain uses cues from both ears to figure out which direction sounds are originating from, enabling us to locate its source. When you wear only one hearing aid, this ability to determine where sounds are coming from is compromised. Therefore, one hearing aid is not as effective as two.
Stimulus to the brain coming from both ears helps:
Improve spatial awareness
Provide fuller sound quality
Understand speech better in a noisy environment
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