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Hearing aids seem expensive. Can I get funding for them?

My audiologist has recommended me hearing aids but they seem expensive. I have been recommended to apply to NDIS for funding. What is the process to apply, and are there any other options? 

The Hearing Services Program (HSP) and NDIS fund public hearing services in Australia.

Hearing Services Program (HSP) Funding

Firstly, you need to consider if you are eligible for free or subsidised hearing assessments and hearing aids under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program (HSP). 

You can check your eligibility on the Australian Government Department of Health Website.

The HSP funds hearing services for Australian citizens and permanent residents, including children and young people under 26, who satisfy its eligibility criteria.

NDIS Funding

You also need to consider if you are able to access funding through NDIS for your hearing aids. The NDIS funds hearing supports NDIS participants aged 26 and over who are not eligible for the HSP. You must be under 65 to access the NDIS. Check the NDIS website to check your eligibility. 

You can apply to the NDIS by completing an Access Request Form. You can download the Access Request Form or call NDIS (1800 800 110) or email (enquiries@ndis.gov.au) and ask them to send you the form.

Private Funding

If you aren’t eligible for the HSP or NDIS you can purchase your aids privately.

If you have private health insurance, you may be able to claim some costs back from your insurer. Check your policy or call your insurer to see if you are eligible for any insurance cover for hearing aids.

We also recommend checking for your closest independent audiologist. Independent Audiologists Australia (IAA) is an association of audiologists who own and operate their own practices. 

IAA set standards for members to ensure quality, integrity and independence in hearing and balance care. The association promotes a high standard of knowledge and reputable conduct amongst audiologists in private independent practices. The members all University qualifications in audiology and adopt quality clinical and ethical standards. The members offer an independent choice of hearing devices based on the individual need identified through professional diagnostic assessment. 

BHA Hearing Access Program

If you cannot access hearing aids and support through other channels and financially it is not an option for you to purchase them privately, you may be interested in BHA’s Hearing Access Program (HAP).

The BHA Hearing Access Program is a scheme that provides modern, fully refurbished hearing aids at a low cost to those eligible for the program.

Updated on November 24, 2022

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