Thank you very much for taking the time today to come and chat with us.
I have some personal experience with this. I have a gentleman in my life by the name of Kit Leitch, who is my father. His grandchildren now affectionately tell him regularly, “Papa, put your ears in”, because for the longest time he did not want to grapple with the issue of hearing loss. As a single grandparent...it's made a world of difference to us, but it's very obvious when he doesn't have them on—shockingly, actually.
That being said, one of the things our family looked at, and was fortunate enough to be able to deal with, was the issue of cost.
I wanted to ask all of you. I'm sure, at the centre, you have also faced this. Many of your participants probably are using hearing aids regularly. It's not just the cost related to the actual device, its also the batteries and maintenance and everything else. What are your recommendations to our committee for how that should be dealt with?
I recognize that there is, “The government should pay for it,” but what is particularly helpful to us—and I think to the committee—is to be specific. For example, we know that insulin pumps in the last five years have been added to the medical devices discount with regard to federal funding. Are there specific aspects of public policy that would be valuable?