There are a number of avenues where you may access funding or subsidy for the cost of audiology services and hearing aids. Some of these are listed below:
Pensioners, Australian Defence Force members, war veterans and some other eligible Australian residents can access limited free hearing services and hearing aids under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program, which is administered by the Office of Hearing Services. Canberra Audiology is now offering these services.
For details on eligibility and to download the voucher application form, visit the Department of Health and Ageing website.
Canberra Audiology offers services for clients with funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Levels of funding are individual to clients depending on the plan that is developed for them by the NDIS. For more information visit the NDIS website or speak with your NDIS plan manager.
Medicare rebates are applicable for audiology referrals from Ear, Nose and Throat specialists or Neurologists. Unfortunately GP referrals are not accepted by Medicare.
In addition, Medicare will also give rebates for audiology services under the Chronic Disease Management items, Better Start for Children with a Disability initiative and the Helping Children with Autism program. More information can be found on the Medicare website. Please contact us if you would like any further information on (02) 6156 4474
Many health insurers cover “Audiology and Hearing aids” in the extras cover. Speak to your health insurer to find out what rebates you are eligible for.
T9 is the tax offset for net medical expenses on your income tax return. Hearing aids and associated devices obtained through a qualified professional are considered to be medical expenses by the Australia Taxation Office. These also include any repairs, consultations, hearing tests and consumables (such as hearing aid batteries). For more information, speak to your tax accountant or go to the Net Medical Expenses Calculator on the Australian Taxation Office Website.
Job Access is a government program which will provide assistive devices for those with a disability so that they may participate more fully in their workplace. This scheme will not cover the cost of hearing aids, but will subsidise hearing aid accessories such as bluetooth systems or hearing aid compatible telephones.
For more information and to download an application form, visit the Job Access website.
Canberra Audiology runs a community support program called a Hearing Aid Bank. The aim of the Hearing Aid Bank program is to supply a second-hand, reconditioned hearing aid to a person in financial hardship for a nominal fee. To be eligible for one of our hearing aid bank hearing aids you must have a significant hearing loss in both ears and proof of financial hardship (e.g. Health Care Card). For more information please contact us on (02) 6156 4474.
For clients that do not wish to pay for their hearing aids in a lump sum, flexible payment options are available through MacCredit. This company specializes in providing credit for medical treatments and devices. No deposit is required and repayments are from as little as $25 per week. For more information visit the MacCredit website.