Government Funded Hearing Aid Services
At Art of Hearing, we want to ensure that high-quality hearing aids and professional hearing services are available to all who need them.
Government Funded Hearing Aids
The Australian Government Hearing Services Program is a scheme introduced by the Australian government that provides eligible voucher-holders access to fully and partially subsidised hearing aids and related hearing services through accredited service providers. The program is available to people who satisfy certain eligibility criteria, including children and those under the age of 26.
Art of Hearing is an accredited service provider, and our friendly team of expert audiologists in Perth are here to talk through your options and help you understand whether you are eligible to receive subsidised hearing services.
What services are available under the program?
At Art of Hearing, we can perform the following audiology tests;
- Advanced hearing tests to determine the type and severity of hearing loss
- High quality fully subsidised hearing devices
- Expert advice on your new device and how to utilise it in the most beneficial way possible
- Further support and therapy
- Batteries and maintenance of your hearing aid or device
Free Online Hearing Test
Hearing loss can be gradual, and often undetectable, as your brain adjusts to the level of hearing. This simple and free online hearing test can determine your base hearing capacity. Please note: this test is just a screening tool. If you have concerns, we suggest booking an appointment with our team for a comprehensive in-person hearing test.
What types of hearing devices can I receive?
The types of hearing devices available under this program include:
- Behind the ear (BTE) devices, including high powered BTE devices
- Open ear devices
- In-the-ear (ITE) devices
- In-the-canal (ITC) devices
Other devices that are not fitted as routinely as the above options are also available; work with your Art of Hearing practitioner to help determine the best option for you and your unique situation.
Am I eligible for the Australian Government Hearing Services Program?
The Australian Government Hearing Services Program has two components for potential eligibility: the voucher program and the Community Service Obligations (CSO) program. The CSO component is only available via Hearing Australia.
The voucher program gives eligibility if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident 21 years or older, and fall within the following categories:
- A Pensioner Concession Card holder
- A Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card holder
- A Department of Veterans’ Affairs White Card holder (for hearing specific conditions)
- A dependant person of someone in the above categories
- An Australian Defence Force member
- Referred by the Disability Employment Services Program
For those not falling within these eligibility criteria, you may be eligible under the CSO program. These services are available exclusively through Hearing Australia and eligibility criteria are outlined on the Australian Government Hearing Services website.
If you’re unsure about your eligibility, don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and we can help you through the process.
Get Started - Book An Appointment
Whether you’ve already been accepted into the voucher program or you’re unsure of your options, give us a call or book an appointment online and we can get the ball rolling for you.
Government Subsidised Hearing Services FAQ
Can I get a free hearing aid?
If you satisfy the outlined eligibility criteria for either the voucher program or CSO program and your application is approved, you will have access to the government hearing aid subsidy and government-funded hearing services. Hearing aids may be fully subsidised or partially subsidised, depending on your individual circumstances.
How do I apply for the Hearing Services Program?
You can apply for the Hearing Services Program via online application or post. The application form and information on the application process can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website. Online is the quickest and most convenient method, with immediate results upon application submission. However, if you’d prefer to send your application by mail, you can – though keep in mind that mail applications take 3-4 weeks to process.
What happens once I am approved for the Hearing Services Program?
You will receive a Welcome Pack that provides you with all the information you need to know about the program, what to expect from your first appointment, and the different devices and services you may be provided with. You will also receive a list of hearing service providers to consider.
Once you have received this welcome back, simply give us a call or book an appointment online to begin the process. Our experts at Art of Hearing will give you the highest quality advice and assistance in finding you the best hearing device for your needs and lifestyle.
What if I am not eligible under the government program?
If you are not eligible and require assistance with hearing loss, there are other options available to you. Visit the Hearing Services government website to explore your options.
Hearing Tests & Audiology Assessments
We have a broad profile of hearing tests available for patients. Our state of art equipment and facilities enable us to perform advanced testing.
Our Audiology Clinic Locations
With Over 5 Clinics in Perth, it has never been easier to make Art of Hearing your favourite destination for all your hearing needs.
(08) 9390 8811
Head Office: 2/2 Ecko Road, Mount Nasura WA 6112
Mon-Fri 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM