Can I get free pensioner hearing aids?

Can I get free pensioner hearing aids

The Hearing Services Program

You’ve heard about free pensioner hearing aids, but how do you get them? Unlike many other healthcare services in Australia, hearing care funding is not delivered through Medicare. Its delivered via a dedicated Australian Government program called the “Hearing Services Program” (HSP).

Eligible pensioners and department of veterans’ affairs card holders can access a range of hearing care services and hearing devices. Doing so is as simple as registering.

A Better Ear is contracted by the Commonwealth to deliver these services on behalf of the Department of Health. We’ve fit hundreds of people with free pensioner hearing aids. We also check for eligibility and register clients for the program. Once registered as a ‘client’ of the Hearing Services Program, you are issued with a virtual ‘voucher’. Service Providers use this voucher to claim the cost of the service from the Program.

Who is eligible for free pensioner hearing aids?

If you need a hearing test, or hearing aids, the Redlands has many hearing care providers. However, many people don’t know who to trust or understand the system of subsidised care. Those that do receive subsidised care, often don’t know what they are eligible for, or how the services are paid for.

You are eligible for the Hearing Services Program if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident 21 years or older and:

We are often asked if a seniors health care card makes you eligible. Unfortunately, no. A Seniors Health Card does not provide eligibility for the program.

If you wish to check your eligibility for the program, you can do so here.

What does the program provide?

The Australian Governments hearing services program is extremely comprehensive. It’s too comprehensive to list all services available to clients of the program here. Having said that, if you are searching for free pensioner hearing aids, then this is how you get them. In fact, what people refer to as ‘pensioner hearing aids’ are devices available to everyone. Manufactures have simply priced these to meet the total rebate available.

As listed on the program website, hearing services may include:

  • a comprehensive hearing assessment once every five (5) years
  • a subsidy towards high quality hearing aids at no cost to the client, at least once every five (5) years
  • if fit with a hearing device/s, you can receive support and advice on how to get maximum benefit from using it, as well as annual check-up appointments
  • if not fit with a hearing device/s, you can receive further support and hearing services, such as annual hearing reviews

Program clients fit with approved hearing aids can optionally access a yearly maintenance plan for a small annual fee. It provides additional support in the form of repairs and batteries. 

Are there limits?

It is worth noting that the program does not offer unlimited hearing care. For example, if you are not wearing hearing aid/s, you’re currently covered for the cost of one hearing review per annum. Further visits may not be covered. Whilst a hearing aid for tinnitus may be prescribed but additional tinnitus-specific counselling is sought, these sessions may not be funded. There are also services, like ear wax removal, which are currently not offered, and must be billed as a private service.

How do I get free pensioner hearing aids?

A Better Ear is an independent local business, established to deliver rehabilitation services that change lives for the better. We always help patients receive their full entitlements under the Hearing Services Program. To read more about free pensioner hearing aids you can get, follow this link.

To find out if you are eligible for free pensioner hearing aids, and to book for a consultation, please call us on 3821 3744.

Disclaimer: All information is general in nature. Patients should consider their own personal circumstances and seek a second opinion. Eligibility for, and services available under the Hearing Services Program may change. Please check the HSP website for up-to-date details.

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