In Australia, almost 4 million people are suffering some form of hearing loss and this number continues to grow.

Hearing awareness week (March 1st till 7th) is here and we want to make sure you have the best possible quality of life by understanding the available resources and services.

Did you know? The Australian Government Hearing Services Program continues to work towards reducing the incidence and consequences of avoidable hearing loss in the Australian community, by providing hearing services and devices to those eligible. 

You are eligible for the voucher component of the program if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident 21 years or older and you are a Pensioner Concession Card holder, a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card holder, a Department of Veterans’ Affairs White Card holder (hearing specific conditions) and check on the website for more eligibilities. 

What services are offered? 

  1. Hearing assessments and hearing aid fittings
  2. Access to the latest hearing device technology
  3. Home visit service for those unable to travel due to medical conditions
  4. An optional repair and maintenance program for hearing devices and supply of batteries, for a low annual fee
  5. Ongoing follow-up care and advice
  6. Rehabilitation programs to effectively manage hearing loss
  7. Free interpreter services if required
  8. Option to choose devices with greater levels of features

Have you recently had a hearing test done?

Hearing tests are very important for your health and you may want to consider going for your hearing test or incorporating it to your annual check-up. 

Hearing loss becomes more prevalent with age and begins affecting high frequency sounds first. This means a person will often be able to detect some sound but unable to understand everyday noises or speech. They may comment on people mumbling or have difficulty following conversations in noisy places.If you detect age-related hearing loss then we will refer to a clinician as soon as possible. The sooner hearing loss is tested for and detected, the less of an impact it will have on the patient’s quality of life.

If you are not sure whether you are qualified for the government funded hearing service or want to learn more about the hearing test, please contact your case manager. We are here to assist and help you find the correct solutions and services by getting in touch with the right people.

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