Hearing aids newly covered by RAMQ

March 9, 2016
Appareils RAMQ
On November 1, 2015, Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec published an updated list of covered hearing aids. Interesting models now on the list include the following two “receiver-in-canal” devices that go behind the ear. These small, streamlined hearing aids have been designed to improve listening in noisy environments, eliminate whistling and humming, and optimize the audio quality of phones.

Tinnitus management functionality

The first model features a water drop design and a program that reduces the wearer’s perception of tinnitus. When the program is turned on, the hearing aid emits subtle “white noise” that is very much like what we hear when scanning for radio stations. This white noise can be modulated to imitate the relaxing sound of waves crashing on the shore.

Noise reduction functionality

A second hearing aid model of the same type, this one equipped with Voice iQ noise reduction technology, has also been added to the list. This technology makes it possible to distinguish speech signals from unwanted noise almost instantly. It enhances speech by amplifying voice signals and dampening other sounds. Combined with directionality, Voice iQ delivers outstanding results in noisy situations.

Spectral iQ technology

Spectral iQ technology restores high frequency sound audibility and prevents distortion. A sound-filtration algorithm identifies and classifies high frequency speech patterns, then replicates them in a frequency that is more easily understood by the wearer. This unique process goes beyond sound transmission, as speech signals are processed to make them more audible and minimize distortion before they are transmitted to the wearer.

Important!

To be eligible to receive a hearing aid, the hard-of-hearing person must be insured under the Quebec Health Insurance Plan, have a hearing impairment, and meet the program requirements.

To determine which hearing aids are best for you, consult an audioprosthetist.

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