How to get a cheaper hearing device

November 6, 2020

Did you know that 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 you may be eligible for. Even better, you can book a free audiologist appointment with Hearing Aid Finder today as your first step towards better hearing.

What subsidies am I eligible for?

The HSP helps older Australians reduce the overall cost of hearing devices through a few different subsidy types.

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 dependant of a Veterans’ Affair or Pensioner Concession card holder.

It’s simple to get your hearing checked and book a free audiologist appointment. Photo: Getty

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.

There are additional criteria for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and those aged under 26.

Subsidised devices

The list of 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.

You can 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 simple to get 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 we’ll match you 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.

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

Sources: Check your eligibility and voucher status, Am I eligible to receive fully subsidised hearing services, Fully subsidised devices

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