Payment assistance for hearing aids: the facts


If you’ve been living with a hearing loss… or have a parent that’s hard of hearing, you may have questions about the cost of hearing aids and available subsidies in Australia. Experienced audiologists from Active Audiology in Altona, CrisIvanidis and Amanda Nguyen provide expert insights to help you make informed decisions.

Factors Influencing Cost and Price Range:

According to CrisIvanidis, “The cost of hearing aids in Australia can vary based on several factors, including the type of technology, features, brand, and where you purchase them.“

He adds, “On average, for a private purchase, hearing aids in Australia typically range from approximately $1,000 to $6,000 per device.”

Government Subsidies for Hearing Aids:

Amanda Nguyen explains the government subsidies available, stating, “The Australian Government Hearing Services Program offers financial support to eligible pensioners and veterans, providing rebates for the cost of hearing aids.“

She further explains, “For pensioners, the subsidy can cover 100 per cent of the cost of basic hearing aids, making them more affordable and accessible.“

Exploring Top-Up Hearing Aids:

Amanda recommends considering top-up hearing aids, stating, “Many individuals choose top-up hearing aids which provide advanced features beyond the basic ones, allowing individuals to hear better in more complex listening environments such as background noise and large group conversations.“

She clarifies “While top-up options may have an additional cost, they offer a higher level of hearing assistance and customization to better meet each individual’s hearing goals.“

Worksafe Program:

CrisIvanidis highlights the Worksafe program, designed to assist individuals with work-related hearing loss.

He mentions, “Under the Worksafe program, individuals with work-related hearing loss may be eligible for funding to cover the cost of hearing aids.“ He advises, “Contact an accredited Worksafe hearing provider like Active Audiology who will assess your hearing loss and work history and advise you on claim eligibility“.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):

Amanda explains the NDIS, stating, “The NDIS may provide funding for hearing aids for individuals with a hearing loss that interferes with their daily function and wellbeing.“

She advises, “Discuss your hearing needs with your support coordinator to explore available options and access funding through the NDIS. Alternatively, you can visit an experienced NDIS hearing provider, such as Active Audiology, who can assist you in commencing your NDIS application for your hearing impairment“.

Job Access

Cris mentions Job Access, stating, “Job Access is a government initiative that provides workplace adjustments and support for individuals with disability or medical conditions, including hearing loss“.

He adds, “Job Access may assist in funding hearing aids for eligible individuals. Consult with them to explore available options“.

Health Insurance:

Amanda highlights the role of health insurance, stating, “Many private health insurance plans offer coverage for hearing aids as part of their extras or ancillary services.“ She advises, “Review your health insurance policy to understand the extent of coverage provided for hearing aids“.

Investing in Your Hearing Health:

Cris and Amanda emphasize the importance of investing in hearing health, stating, “Purchasing hearing aids is not just a financial decision; it is an investment in your overall well-being and quality of life.“ Amanda encourages seeking guidance, “Consult with our experienced audiologists at Active Audiology to select the most suitable hearing aids that align with your hearing needs and budget.“

Navigating all funding support programs:

CrisIvanidis advises individuals to do thorough research and seek guidance.

“Whilst there is definite funding assistance for hearing loss, it is important to understand eligibility criteria, application processes, and rebate amounts provided through government subsidies.“

He adds, “When we see a patient for the first time we go through their history and situation to explore all options of funding and get the best hearing outcome for them”.

To have your hearing tested or discuss your hearing aid options book a consultation with Amanda or Cristoday. Altona.