What is Hearing Australia?
What Services Does Hearing Australia Offer?
Did you know that Hearing Australia is a statutory authority established by the Government in the late 1940s? Many people don’t know that Hearing Australia is in fact a Government funded organisation. In fact Hearing Australia is the leading supplier of hearing services in the country focusing mainly on providing hearing health care to patients through their vast network of hearing centres throughout Australia.
A Brief History of Hearing Australia
The Government body was actually set up in 1947 originally to help provide hearing services to children who were affected by a rubella epidemic. The company was also founded to help World War II veterans with their hearing after many of them experienced hearing problems. Today Hearing Australia’s customers are mainly children, veterans, indigenous adults over the age of 50 and pensioners.
Services The Company Provides
Hearing Australia provides hearing healthcare under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program that is run by the Office of Hearing Services. The programs offered by Hearing Services fall under two main categories the Community Service Obligations program and the Voucher Program. In order to receive hearing services from Hearing Australia however, a patient must meet certain eligibility criteria.
Who Is Eligible For Hearing Australia Services?
If you’re under the age of 26 and an Australian citizen or permanent resident you can qualify for Government funded hearing healthcare services. If you fall into this category you don’t need to apply for a voucher. If you are over the age of 26 there are a number of criteria you must meet in order to take advantage of the free hearing care offered by Hearing Australia including:
- Having a Pensioner Card
- Having a Veterans’ Affairs Health Card
- Being Granted A Sickness Allowance From Centrelink
- Being A Member of The Australian Defence Forces
- Being A Dependant Of One Of The Above
Any of the above are required to obtain a voucher from the Government which entitles you to subsidised hearing.
What Does A Voucher Entitle Me To?
As mentioned above, Hearing Australia provides a whole raft of hearing services including testing, consultations about hearing loss and even dispensing hearing aids for those that need it. All these services are free of charge if you qualify. Once you’ve qualified for Hearing Australia services you will receive hearing aids for free other than a tiny annual fee for device maintenance and batteries.
Are The Hearing Aids From Hearing Australia Good Quality?
Even entry level hearing aids are expensive with the devices fitted to patients by Hearing Australia costing roughly $1,000. These aids do the trick and will definitely help you to regain some of your lost hearing. Better quality hearing aids are also available to clients who are after better technology such as bluetooth connectivity and background noise cancellation. However, in this instance customers are required to folk out more money to cover the difference in price of the higher end tech.
What If I Don’t Qualify For Hearing Australia?
If you’re not eligible for the free health care offered by the Government body you may still be eligible for discounted hearing care through the National Disability Scheme which was rolled out in July 2015. However, if you still don’t qualify speak to an expert at Hearing Choices using one of the contact methods found on this site. We can help point you in the right direction and find you an effective solution to your hearing problems today.