NDP helps more seniors get hearing aids
September 18, 2013
(Dartmouth, N.S.) Today Premier Darrell Dexter announced the NDP will help up to 6,000 low-income seniors get hearing aids so they can stay connected and engaged with their friends, family and community.
“As some seniors lose their hearing, they can have trouble participating in everyday conversations and may feel isolated and alone. The NDP is standing up for seniors by helping them get the supports they need, like hearing aids, to live more independently and stay active in their communities,” said Dexter.
The $4-million NDP program will provide up to a maximum of $500 for one hearing device and $1,000 for two. Under the program devices can be replaced every five years.
“The NDP will continue to work with seniors to help give them the dignity and independence they deserve. Helping more seniors get the hearing aids they need to stay connected with their friends and family is the right thing to do,” said the NDP leader.
“Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians is pleased with the announcement of the new program that provides financial assistance for seniors to purchase hearing aids. Many seniors contact our agency regarding financial assistance for hearing aids. There are currently no federal or provincial funding sources available and this program will be a welcome first step,” said Frank O’Sullivan, executive director of Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotia.
Seniors who receive guaranteed income support, are diagnosed with long-term hearing loss and have a health card will be eligible for the NDP program, which will be available in the spring of 2016.
“I think it’s a good idea to support seniors and their hearing aids,” said John Stone, a 68-year-old from Dartmouth. “There was a time when I wasn’t covered. Seniors on fixed income can’t afford the costs of hearing aids so any help here is welcome.”
“The NDP is putting the needs of seniors first and by working together we will build a better future for today’s seniors,” said Dexter.
The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.