Free Hearing Services
Pensioners and eligible Department of Veterans’ Affairs clients are able to access hearing services through the voucher program organised through the Office of Hearing Services nationally.
A voucher is issued to eligible people after they have completed an application form and had it signed by their doctor.
The applicant can easily arrange for the voucher to be obtained electronically through their local hearing services provider.
Services which are provided through the voucher program include comprehensive hearing assessment, discussion about communication strategies, access to “free-to-client” hearing devices from leading manufacturers as appropriate, assistance in learning to use the amplification, and an optional on-going annual maintenance program.
People fitted with hearing aids under this program for the first time can also access a Rehab+ program to assist them to best use their hearing instruments during the first year. A return voucher can be issued each three years.
The OHS program entitles hearing impaired individuals to access a range of hearing aids at no cost for either the devices or the services.
These aids, considered to be “base grade” hearing aids, offer good sound quality and are suitable for the majority of clients.
Some individuals prefer to use the OHS program to “top up” to more expensive hearing aids to access a range of automatic features and better sound quality.
Some features are explained in the section on hearing aids. These features can be important to clients who are regularly involved in meetings, social or family events
Also, people who are nursing home residents may gain significant benefit in hearing aids with automatic features as they are moving from their own quiet room into the noisy dining room a few times a day.
For more information about the Office of Hearing Services, you can visit their website at:
or come into the clinic and we can assist you with your questions.