Hearing Aids for Pensioners
Government Subsidies on Hearing Aids & Hearing Services for Pensioners
Eligibility Criteria for the Hearing Services Program
To be eligible to receive services under the Australian Government’s Hearing Services Program, you must meet ONE of the following criteria;
- Be a Pensioner, with Commonwealth approved Centrelink Pensioner’s Card or Centrelink Sickness Allowance; or
- Be a dependant on another person’s Concession Card; or
- Be a Pensioner, with DVA Pensioner Concession Card; or
- Have a valid DVA Gold Health Repatriation Card; or
- Have a valid DVA White Health Repatriation Card (for Hearing Loss); or
- Member of the Australian Defence Force.
Eligible Services under the Hearing Services Program
Pensioner card holders can benefit from below services under the Hearing Services Program set by the Department of Health. For more information, please visit the website of the Office of Hearing Services.
Hearing Aids under the Hearing Services Program
Australia has one of the best, if not the best Government hearing program, in the world – the Hearing Services Program*. If eligible, you can choose between free and top up technology. “Top up” means you pay a balance on top of the Government subsidy, for higher level technology. “Free to client” is fully subsidized i.e. no expense, apart from a small annual fee for Batteries and Maintenance (also subsidized).
Are Top-Up Hearing Aids better than Free-to-Client Hearing Aids?
Both free and Top Up devices are from Australia’s main brands i.e. Beltone, bernafon, Oticon, Phonak, Resound, Signia, Starkey, Unitron and Widex. At the Art of Hearing we have no business obligation to a particular brand.
We welcome all technology developments and preferences of the public. To decide which type of aid is most appropriate to your hearing and lifestyle, please see this guide “How to Personalise Hearing Technology”.
Also ask your audiologist about the pro’s and con’s of in-the-ear vs behind-the-ear and other hearing aids and accessories.
Then, once you have narrowed down your choices, consider your “financial breaks” i.e. private health rebates, low interest payment plans and incidental offers (such as the Art of Hearing has, from time to time).
Some common myths about Free-to-client Hearing Aids
Some myths regarding free hearing aids are that:
i) they are low quality – not so, as all devices must meet stringent criteria to be included. The entire Australian range is comparable to that of Northern Europe and the US.
ii) they are made only for a Government program – not so, as the exact same devices incur a price for private, non eligible Australians. The technical and clinical support for free and Top Up aids is also identical.
Why Buy Hearing Aids at Art of Hearing?
When you purchase hearing aids at Art of Hearing, you dont just get a fitted device, you get everything below. For some clients, these services are provided free of charge on annual contracts.
We pride in the delivery of our service which keeps our customers happy & satisfied.
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