The way in which audiology services are paid for will vary depending on where services are provided and the type of payment coverage that an individual might be eligible for.
Audiology services accessed in Alberta Health Services (AHS) facilities (i.e., hospitals, community health centres, schools) are funded through the public health care system. Check the Alberta Health Services website and search for “audiology.”
The way in which audiology services are paid for when accessed outside of a publicly funded facility will vary. Albertans who have employer or private health benefit plans may have coverage for audiology services. Details of the coverage provided will vary between plans and should be confirmed prior to accessing services. Individuals who do not have such coverage will be required to pay directly for any audiology services accessed. However, in some cases, a person may qualify for government funding, depending upon their needs.
In 2016, the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) and Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) released a new position statement on Direct-to-Consumer Sale of Hearing Aids, which informs consumers on the benefit of seeing an audiologist prior to purchasing hearing aids and related devices, outlining the importance and necessity for safe and competent hearing health care services.