Maximizing WSIB Coverage for Hearing Aids: Here’s What You Need to Know

by | Feb 8, 2024 | Insurance, Patient Resources

If you or a loved one are considering treating a hearing loss challenge, then it’s important to understand all of the options available to you, including any potential coverage that you may benefit from. 

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) program is designed to alleviate the financial burden of hearing aids for eligible individuals with a history of occupational loud noise exposure.  

If you are an Ontario resident and have suffered hearing loss due to noisy workplace conditions, you may have a solution available to you with WSIB. 

Looking for ways that the WSIB program could help you get the hearing care you need? Read on. 

Eligibility Criteria 

The cornerstone of WSIB coverage for hearing aids hinges on the causality between your workplace conditions and your hearing impairment. If your hearing loss is a direct result of noise exposure at work, you may qualify for hearing aid coverage through the WSIB program.  

You can initiate the process by submitting a claim for WSIB benefits if your hearing loss is work-related – for instance, if you were exposed to heavy machinery noises through working in construction, and your hearing has deteriorated over repeated exposure to the noisy workplace environment.  

The first step is to complete a comprehensive hearing assessment and submit a claim for the noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) program. Once your application has been submitted, WSIB will contact your audiologist or hearing expert (that’s us) to obtain a copy of your hearing test.  

Coverage Details 

If your claim is accepted, WSIB covers the full cost of mid-level hearing aid technology, including the provision, replacement, or repair of these essential devices.  

Moreover, the coverage extends to related accessories and hearing assistive technologies, which will ensure you have comprehensive support to improve your hearing condition.  

Any appointments and supplies required for the hearing aids are also covered, alleviating financial stress and allowing you to focus on improving your auditory health. 

Exception-level Hearing Aids 

For individuals with specific clinical requirements not met by standard entry or mid-level devices, an application for exceptional circumstances can be submitted for premium level technology. However, this is not guaranteed.  

This provision ensures that everyone receives the necessary level of auditory support, tailored to their unique needs and circumstances. 

How We Can Help 

As your local hearing care professionals, your team at Port Credit Audiology and Hearing Aid Clinic have experience working with WSIB and are knowledgeable about the Noise Induced Hearing Loss program and its benefits.  

We can guide you through the process of applying for WSIB coverage and receiving advanced hearing care and the latest hearing technology if you qualify for the WSIB program.

We understand the profound impact that improved hearing can have on your quality of life. Our team is here to assist you in navigating the WSIB claims process, ensuring you receive your entitled maximum benefits. 

We are committed to making the process as seamless as possible. Reach out to us today to discuss your WSIB coverage options and let us help you take the first step towards better hearing. 

Contact our office and let them know you have or are applying for WSIB coverage when booking your appointment. 

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Dario Coletta

Dario Coletta M.Sc., Au.D., Reg. CASLPO Doctor of Audiology is the head Audiologist of Port Credit Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic. Dario obtained his Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University and Master of Science in Audiology from the University of British Columbia following his Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. He currently holds lecturer status at the University of Toronto in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Dario continues to work part-time at the Toronto General Hospital and has knowledge in advanced diagnostics, bespoke hearing aid fittings, and cerumen management. Dario also has a special interest in managing and counselling patients with tinnitus. He brings knowledge and efficiency in prescribing and fitting the newest hearing aid technology, and is committed to helping patients find an individualized solution for their hearing healthcare concerns.