Government subsidies now make better hearing more affordable

The quality hearing aid you’ve been searching for could be cheaper than you think.

Thanks to the Department of Health’s Hearing Services Program (HSP) Australia, there are a number of subsidies for which you may be eligible. To find out, you can book a free audiologist appointment today.

What subsidies are you eligible for?
The HSP helps older Australians reduce the overall cost of hearing devices through different subsidies.

Vouchers
You may be eligible for the voucher component of the program if you meet certain criteria. These include:

  • holding a Pensioner Concession Card 
  • holding a Veterans’ Affair Card
  • being a member of the Australian Defence Force 
  • being referred by the Disability Employment Services Program
  • being a dependent of a Veterans’ Affair or Pensioner Concession card holder.

Community Services Obligations
You may be eligible for a hearing aid subsidy through the Community Services Obligations (CSO) component.

You’ll need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You’ll also need to be in one of the voucher eligibility criteria groups and have complex hearing or communications needs, or live in a remote area. 

Subsidised devices
Hearing devices that can be subsidised under the HSP include:

  • high-powered behind-the-ear (BTE) devices
  • BTE devices
  • open-ear devices
  • In-the-ear (ITE) devices
  • In-the-canal (ITC) devices.

Check your eligibility for the subsidies here

Once you’ve done this, it’s time to book an audiologist appointment.

Your first step towards cheaper hearing aids
It’s easy to have your hearing checked. The first step is to fill in Hearing Aid Finder’s appointment form – it’s the easiest way to book a free audiologist appointment.

Simply enter your location, answer some quick questions and you’ll be matched with a specialist to conduct your free hearing test.

With a free hearing test and subsidies from the Hearing Services Program (HSP) Australia, you’ll be back to living your best life in no time – and for less.

This article is opinion only and should not be taken as medical or financial advice. Check with a financial professional before making any decisions.

Department of Health Hearing Services, Check your eligibility and voucher status, October 2020.

Department of Health Hearing Services, Am I eligible to receive fully subsidised hearing services, October 2020

Department of Health Hearing Services, Fully subsidised devices, October 2020

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