Having trouble hearing? You can get help
AUGUST 23-29 is National Hearing Awareness Week.
Under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program, the Office of Hearing Services provides eligible clients access to hearing services and hearing devices to help manage their hearing loss.
As an older Australian if you have a hearing loss, or would like to check if you have a hearing loss, you may be eligible to receive hearing services if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident aged 26 years or older and meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:
You hold a Pensioner Concession card; or are in receipt of a Sickness Allowance from Centrelink; or are a dependent of a person on one of those categories; or undergoing an Australian Government funded disability management service and have been referred by your disability employment services case manager.
If you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply you can apply online at hearingservices.gov.au; or visit a hearing services provider who can apply online for you. When applying to the program for the first time, your doctor will need to sign a medical certificate form confirming you can be fitted for a device if you need one.
Take the medical certificate to your chosen hearing services provider who can complete the application process for you.
When your eligibility is confirmed, the Office of Hearing Services will send you a welcome package containing a letter, a copy of the hearing services program information booklet and a list of hearing service providers.
Courtesy: Office of Hearing Services