Government Subsidy for Hearing Aids
If you are a pensioner or a veteran (DVA) with a current Australian government issued concession card, then you could be eligible to receive government subsidy for hearing aids under the Hearing Services Program (HSP). It’s a quick and simple application done online and once enrolled and approved, you can receive not only fully funded hearing aids but also all your hearing appointments are covered.
If you hold one of the cards below, you may be eligible for the HS program:
- Centrelink Pensioner Concession card
- DVA Pensioner Concession card
- DVA Gold Health Repatriation card
- DVA White Health Repatriation card (for hearing loss)
- Centrelink Sickness Allowance
- Member of the Australian Defence Force
Hearing Test for Pensioners
If you are enrolled into the Hearing Services Program, your first appointment at our clinic is a hearing test and assessment. At the hearing test appointment, your hearing will be fully evaluated and your ears examined.
Based on the results of your hearing test and discussion, prescription of hearing aids may be recommended if your hearing loss meets the threshold to benefit from amplification.
Fee: FREE. Hearing Test appointment is 60 minutes. Pension or DVA card must be brought to the appointment to complete your Hearing Services Program application.
Hearing Tests conducted include, but not limited to:-
- Pure Tone Threshold test – this test measures the auditory threshold of important frequencies of speech. Normal pure tone thresholds are at 20dB HL of better.
- Tympanometry test – is a quick test that will assess the function of the middle ear and if there is any fluid build up.
- Tinnitus assessment – if you experience tinnitus, our audiologist will conduct a tinnitus assessment.
- Speech test – is an essential part of a hearing aid assessment. Understanding the spoken word requires more auditory processing by the brain than simply detecting a pure tone. This test allows the audiologist to determine what outcomes can be expected from prescribing amplification with hearing aids and therefore determines a method of aural rehabilitation best suited for their client.
Government Subsidy for Hearing Aids
Government subsidy for hearing aids varies from fully subsidied to partially subsidied (top-up). The option you select is based purely on your requirement and budget and our Audiologist will advise and help you about all options available to you.
Government subsidy for hearing aids is available every five years. Upgrade to your hearing aid before five years is for exceptional circumstances and can be discussed with your Audiologist.
Cost: Free-to Client
Free-to-Client hearing aids are devices that are fully subsidised, thus there is no out of pocket cost to you. The range of devices available in this category is limited to the entry level technology and available in styles ranging from in-the-ear to those worn behind the ear.
Free-to-Client hearing aid is still a great option as the benefits of wearing a hearing device to manage and lessen your hearing impairment vastly outweighs the reasons not to have one.
Top-Up fee is the out of pocket cost once the government subsidy is applied to the retail cost of the hearing aid. The Top-Up fee can be reduced further by applying any Health Fund rebate you receive (see below for more info).
The Top-Up fee option is for any device available in our full hearing aid portfolio which ranges from basic to premium technology with advanced features. The style of hearing aid range is also greater, as it includes rechargeable, Bluetooth enabled, Apple/Android compatible through to discrete micro-devices worn in-the-canal to RIC devices worn on the ear.
Health Fund Rebate
If you have a Health Fund with audiology cover, you can use your Health Fund rebate to further subsidise and reduce the cost of hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Trial
Under the government Hearing Services Program you receive a two-week, no obligation take home trial of your hearing aid. If at the end of your trial you are satisfied, you keep your device. If you are not satisfied, just return it back to the clinic. Your eligibility for hearing aids is still valid as long as you didn’t agree and approve keeping the hearing aid after your two-week trial.
Latest Hearing Aid for Pensioners
To view the full range of hearing aid for pensioners, visit the Online Shop here. You can see options available with full government subsidy (no out of pocket expense) to hearing aids with a Top-Up fee.