Ensuring that every Australian has access to better hearing is one of the federal government’s key health priorities.
The Office of Hearing Services Voucher Scheme provides free hearing tests and hearing aids* to pensioners and veterans, which are available through accredited providers such as Australian Audiology Hearing Specialist.
Who is eligible?
You are eligible if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, 26 years of age and over, meeting one of the following criteria:
- Hold a Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card
- Hold a Gold Health Repatriation Card
- Hold a White Health Repatriation Card (specifying hearing loss)
- Receive the Centrelink Sickness Allowance
You may also be eligible if you are:
- A dependant of a person in one of the above categories
- An active member of the Defence Force
- A Client of CRS Australia
Benefits provided to clients under the scheme
Most services and hearing aids under the program are free. If your clinical hearing needs require a device outside of these free options, your provider may arrange this with the Office. There may also be situations where you will be asked to pay additional costs:
- “Top-up” devices: Client contributes to the cost in order to obtain more advanced hearing aids
- Hearing aid maintenance program: You can choose to pay a maintenance fee to your hearing services provider each year. This will cover service, repairs and batteries for your hearing device.
- Minor maintenance: You can choose to pay a maintenance fee to your hearing services provider each year. This will cover service, repairs and batteries for your hearing device.
- Replacement fees: If you lose your hearing device or it is damaged, you need to contact your hearing services provider.