Vote Communication 2021: National Hearing Strategy

All people in Canada deserve access to timely and high-quality hearing health services.

 

THE ISSUE


Hearing and communication services are essential across the lifespan, however access to hearing care services varies drastically across Canada depending on location and economic status. 
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) is urging decision-makers at all levels to prioritize hearing care and ensure that all people in Canada, regardless of where they live, have the same access to timely and high-quality hearing services.

 

 

THE BACKGROUND


The prevalence of hearing loss among people in Canada is high. 


•    Between one and three of every 1000 babies in Canada are born with hearing loss, however access to early hearing detection and intervention programs is not sufficient in 7 of 13 provinces and territories.


•    In 2016, around 2.7 million Canadians between the ages of 45-85 years of age had at least a mild hearing loss. 


•    The majority of long-term care residents have hearing loss which often co-occur with other sensory impairments such as vision or balance concerns. 
 

 

 

 

Barriers to accessing hearing care include:

•    Lack of funding for hearing health through publicly-funded universal health care programs and third-party insurance programs.

•    Significant differences in hearing aid assistance programs across province and territories.

•    Reduced access to care in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

 

 

THE ASK

That the federal government support the development of a national hearing strategy.

All people in Canada deserve access to timely and cost-effective hearing care. The development of a national hearing strategy would support person-centred ear and hearing care across the lifespan, empowering all people in Canada to achieve their full potential.

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES:


I am concerned with the lack of access to hearing care services in Canada…

How would your party ensure that all people in Canada have equal access to hearing health care?

What role do you see the federal government playing to ensure that provinces and territories establish and maintain comprehensive early hearing detection and intervention programs?


WHAT CAN YOU DO?


 

  • Share our SAC graphics on social media.
  • Share the information on this page with your patients, clients, friends and family.
  • Speak to your local candidates and their representatives about this issue.
  • Print off copies of this page and display them at your school or place of work.

 

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