The Ministry of Health provides partial funding for hearing devices for children and youth under the age of 18 in accordance with a recommendation from a communications clinician.
- In addition to providing the recommendation for purchase of a device, the communications clinician also determines the type of device to be purchased.
Who is Eligible?
- Any minor under the age of 18, according to a recommendation from a communications clinician.
How to Claim It?
- A request for assistance must be submitted to the devices coordinator in the department of protracted diseases and rehabilitation at the nearest Ministry of Health office. Click here for a listing of Ministry of Health offices by location.
- The following documentation must be attached to the request:
- Photocopy of the applicant's national identity card (teudat zehut) including the additional information insert (sefach).
- Up-to-date audiogram.
- Audiologist report regarding the need for a hearing device.
- Approval from a medical specialist including a clear diagnosis and indication of the need for a hearing device.
- Social work report, if applicable.
- Documentation indicating parents' income.
- Confirmation of receiving a benefit/pension, if the applicant receives a benefit/pension from the National Insurance Institute.
- Price quote or original receipt (no longer than 120 days from the date of purchase) for the device; reimbursements will only be given if an invoice/receipt indicating the type of device is submitted.
- Handling of applications takes a few weeks and a response will be sent to the applicant once a decision has been made.
- If an application has been approved, a letter of financial obligation will be sent accordingly.
- The Ministry of Health funds up to 75% of the cost of a device or up to the maximum amount of assistance established for each specific device (the lower of the two)
- The required co-payment is 25% of the cost of a device or the maximum amount of assistance
- The maximum amount of assistance from the Ministry of Health is according to the type of device:
- Digital hearing device - Up to 6,000 NIS per device per ear
- FM device - Up to 8,000 NIS per device per ear
- A social worker may approve an increase of the Ministry of Health contribution to up to 90% of the cost of a device if one of the following cases applies:
- Another device was purchased the same year
- There are other people in the applicant's family who are eligible for financial assistance towards purchasing a device
- The applicant had other expenses related to the hearing disorder in the same year for which no financial assistance from any source was received
- The applicant's family is paying for a first degree family member to reside in an institutional arrangement
- The following people are exempt from co-payments (the proper documentation must be submitted with the request):
- Recipients of an Old Age Pension with an income supplement
- Recipients of survivors benefits with an income supplement
- Recipients of a full disability pension with a dependent (family) supplement
- Recipients of income support
- Families whose net income is an amount equivalent to an Old Age Pension with an income supplement (the net income is after deductions for income tax, National Insurance, health insurance, pension funds and workers organizations have been taken out).
- The frequency with which a device for which funding may be received may be replaced depends on the age of the child:
- Funding for a replacement device is only given upon presentation of an explicit recommendation from a professional regarding the need for the device.
- Requesting a replacement within a shorter time-frame than usual, requires permission from the Ministry of Health.
Children Aged Up-To 6 Years
- Funding assistance for hearing devices at least every 3 years.
- Funding assistance for FM devices, is a single (one time) payment only. In special cases, if there is a need to replace the device a special permission is required.
Children and Teenagers Aged 6 and Above
- Funding assistance for hearing devices at least every 4 years, and only with a explicit recommendation from a professional.
- Funding assistance for FM devices at least every 4 years, and only with a explicit recommendation from a professional.
Loss of Device
- In the event that a hearing device is lost, the Ministry of Health exceptions committee will decided if a additional funding will be granted for a new device on various conditions.
- The committee may approve a one-time additional device with a co-payment of 1,000 NIS per device.
- Reimbursements are valid for purchases made from 2011 on.
- Choosing a device will be during a meeting between the clinician and the child and their parents, according to the level of cooperation the child.
- It is important when having a hearing device fitting or adjusted to ensure that it is being performed by a certified communications clinician with a proper certification and license from the Ministry of Health, who has experience in adapting hearing aids for children.
- When is a child up to age 5, a behavioral hearing test will be performed by two speech therapists, at least one of them has experience for over two years in the field of hearing tests for babies and children.
- Hearing aid adjusted child will be given a trial period at least four weeks, depending on the child's needs.
- For a comprehensive categorized listing of organizations offering assistance and support to the deaf and hearing impaired, click here.
Laws and Regulations
- National Unit for Rehabilitation and Mobility Devices Procedure from 01.02.2012 - Approval of rehabilitation and mobility devices (update and amendments)
- National Unit for Rehabilitation and Mobility Devices Procedure from 20.07.2011 - Approval and handling of rehabilitation and mobility device purchases and repairs through the health bureaus
- Medical Administration Circular 7/2011 from 26.01.2011 - Funding towards the purchase of hearing devices for children and youth up to age 18
- Original information based on the Kesher - Connecting Special Families website.
- This page was written with the assistance of Bekol.
- Original translation by AACI's Shira Pransky Project.