What kind of free pensioners hearing aids can I get?

What kind of free pensioners hearing aids can I get?

Free pensioner hearing aids?

We get lots of questions about free hearing aids for pensioners, both in the clinic and when doing community education. The public knows about them but they don’t know much more. Sadly, sometimes a negative stigma is attached to them – we’ll get to that in a moment.

Many people are aware that hearing aids are available to pensioners via a government program. Unless you have already explored the subject, you can be forgiven for not knowing the details.

The Hearing Services Program

As explained in our blog “Can I get free pensioner hearing aids?” The Australian Governments’ Hearing Services Program (or HSP) provides an extensive range of services to pensioners. These include a subsidy towards hearing aids once every 5 years. Hearing aid manufactures typically offer a device that costs what the subsidy pays.

These devices represent the “entry level” hearing aid in the manufacturers range. Although they aren’t “free”, the almost $1,500 cost is fully subsidised for eligible pensioners.

If you would like to know what’s available and how you register for the HSP, give us a call.

Are they any good?

The short answer is ‘yes’.

Fully subsidised hearing aids are high quality. They come in a variety of styles (including in-the-ear “invisible hearing aid” models) and they meet rigorous Australian Standards. All hearing aids on the HSP Schedule can be adjusted to provide benefits in a range of simple listening environments.

Free hearing aids don’t come packed with the best features money can buy but you’ve probably already anticipated that.

Some hearing aid vendors have a disparaging attitude toward fully subsidised hearing aids, but this isn’t really fair. It’s a question of appropriateness. If you have a quiet lifestyle, a fully subsidised hearing aid may be perfect for you.

Free devices will not perform well in a crowded noisy restaurant for example. This is where a higher end device would come into its own. They will work well, when tuned correctly, to help the wearer better understand speech in one-on-one conversations, in quiet.

That means ideal for speaking with your partner at home, for face-to-face communication, and for watching the television. In addition, they provide vital auditory stimulation. Why is that important? Read this. In fact, fully subsidised is often the best hearing aid for tinnitus. Find out how we can help with tinnitus here.

What can I get for free?

When it comes to hearing aids, to say “technology has come a long way” is almost so obvious its redundant! In the last year alone, we have seen impressive improvements. Free pensioner hearing aids are better than ever before. High-end features, such as multi-directional sound processing and noise suppression, are now available within the government subsidised schedule of devices. So is Bluetooth!

When discussing with your Audiologist what’s right for you consider ahead of time what your hearing goals are. And it should always be a discussion, not a sales pitch. The hearing device you decide upon should enable you to meet specific goals. Don’t feel like its a limited option. Consulting with a patient-centered clinic makes all the difference. We regularly prescribe Bluetooth hearing aids, rechargeable hearing aids and ‘invisible’ hearing aids, within the Hearing Services Program subsidy.

How often can pensioners get free hearing aids?

Pensioners can access free hearing aids through the HSP. It allows eligible pensioners to receive a subsidy for new hearing aids every five years. This provision ensures that pensioners can maintain effective hearing solutions without worrying about the financial burden of frequently updating their devices. The process is designed to be straightforward and accessible. It offers high-quality hearing aids that meet strict Australian standards. A reputable hearing clinic will you make the most of these devices. Even and entry level hearing aid can help you stay engaged in your daily activities with confidence.

Feel like you need them sooner? Certain clinical grounds may allow us to upgrade you sooner. For example if your eyesight, dexterity, hearing or cognition have changed, there may be grounds. There are strict rules, and we’ll need to consult with your doctor, but it is possible.

How do I get started?

We deliver rehabilitation services that exceed expectations and change lives for the better. A Better Ear is an independent local Redlands hearing clinic that treats patients according to the gold-standard of clinical care, taking the time to thoroughly consult with each patient so that we understand and meet their needs.

To book for a consultation, hearing test or hearing aid discussion, 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.