Funding purchase of a hearing-aid for children with moderate hearing loss

June 14, 2012

More prefectures and ordinance-designated cities in the Chugoku region in western Japan assist the buying expenses of the hearing-aid for a child with hearing difficulties.

It is because that the Government restricts in funding only for a child with profound hearing loss.

Three prefectures, Okayama, Shimane, and Tottori, and both Hiroshima and Okayama Cities have introduced the purchase system for children with moderate hearing loss. When a parent buys a hearing-aid, the system covers 2/3 of the cost.

The price of a hearing-aid varies between 50,000 yen to 400,000 yen. There are also many children who need two sets of the hearing aid for both ears, which puts a heavy burden on guardians.

Deaf organizations and all the prefectures have asked the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare to fund purchase of a hearing-aid for children with mild-moderate hearing loss.

Ministry officials has said. "We have opted for support based on the medical and special standard. There is no plan to extend a target."

In the whole country, 11 prefectures and 10 government-ordinance cities are providing their own support. The Yamaguchi prefecture has determined to introduce the funding plan in this fiscal year.

On the other hand, Hiroshima Prefecture officials see how the government reacts, saying that it should apply the national funding system for all.

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