Canada is poised to make it more difficult for people to get hearing aids.
The country is moving to give people with the hearing loss a new one-year supply of the hearing aids that will go on sale in July.
The move to require the supply of hearing aids is aimed at protecting the hearing-impaired population from the high costs associated with the devices.
A new law introduced in January will make it easier for the government to regulate the devices, but some say the change could limit the supply.
“The new requirement will make sure that those devices are only available in the first year of a person’s supply,” said Janice Stewart, the president of the Canadian Hearing Association.
People with hearing loss often cannot afford to buy hearing aids for themselves, and the government said the change would help reduce costs for consumers.
In 2015, the number of Canadians without hearing aids jumped from about 11,000 to nearly 24,000.
Since then, the federal government has been working to curb the growth of hearing loss, including a ban on new devices.
The Conservatives introduced the legislation in March 2015, but were criticized by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, who argued it would limit the ability of small businesses to compete for the supply and drive up the cost of hearing aid products.
More from GlobalPost: Canada to make hearing aids easier to get, but not on sale yetThe new rule was put forward by the department of health and told health insurers that they would be required to provide the devices to people with hearing problems if they purchased a hearing aid in 2017.
But some people say that doesn’t apply to the hearing aid manufacturers.
Many of the devices are made by companies like Procter & Gamble, which has an agreement with the Canadian Health Insurance Plan to sell hearing aids through its pharmacy chain.
There is also a difference between hearing aids and hearing aids to support devices.
Hearing aids are the same as hearing aids but are made of metal and are covered under the Affordable Care Act, said Scott Pannen, president of The Hearing Association of Canada.
He said he doesn’t see how a change in the rule would change the fact that a hearing-related device is made of the same metal as hearing aid.
Procter and Gamble’s spokesman, Doug MacKay, said the company would be reviewing the rule and will determine whether it will be possible to offer more hearing aids under the new policy.