The question around hearing device affordability is often one that’s raised in the lead up to buying or upgrading hearing devices. So what exactly do you get for your money? And what subsidies or health cover options are available?
The answer to the first question is that at HearingLife clinics you’re paying for the whole service, not just the devices. Your investment includes consultation with an audiologist, a hearing test, the individual fitting of hearing devices and ongoing care and support.
Fortunately, there is a range of options, including government subsidies that can support the purchase of hearing devices. The Australian Government Hearing Services Program is a voucher program that allows Australians to access fully and partially subsidised hearing services from the national network of contracted service providers of which HearingLife Clinics are a part. The Hearing Services Program can be easily accessed via its online portal.
Medicare services can be accessed when specific referrals are made from an ear, nose and throat specialist – Medicare may cover some of the costs involved. Consulting directly with Medicare to determine what options are available is recommended.
Private health insurance can offer rebates under premium cover plans with extras for hearing devices. Each provider has its own provision plan and can give you more information specific to your level of cover.
HearingLife Clinicians are qualified to provide more in-depth information around the costs involved in a first time purchase or an upgrade. It makes sense to be armed with a checklist of what you need to know. You may also benefit from taking a second pair of ears with you to absorb the details of your discussion. On average, hearing devices are approximately $6000 a pair and these will last you five years. That’s $1200 a year, $23 a week, or $3.30 a day. When it comes to long-term investments and making well-informed choices about your purchases, especially when your health and quality of life are concerned, it’s invaluable to be informed and know what you’re getting.
Have any more questions? Why not book a free* hearing check-up with a HearingLife Clinic today?