Funding options

You should discuss possible funding sources for your audiological needs with your audiologist.  They will be able to help you to navigate the system and provide you with the clinical assessments you need for any referals to other medical specialists or funding organisations.

The Office of Hearing Services

The Office of Hearing Services (OHS) operates the Australian Government Hearing Services Program and is the largest funding body of hearing services in Australia. It provides subsidised Audiological care to the following eligible people:

  • Australian pension concession card holders;
  • People receiving Sickness Allowance from Centrelink;
  • Holders of a Gold Repatriation Health Card issued for all conditions;
  • Holders of a White Repatriation Health Card issued for conditions that include hearing loss;
  • Dependents of a person in one of the above categories;
  • Member of the Australian Defence Force;
  • Part of the Australian Government funded Disability Employment Services (DES) – Disability Management Service and you are referred by your Disability Employment Services case manager.
  • Children and young people under 26 years of age;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 50 years of age;
  • Indigenous participants in the Remote Jobs and Community Program; and
  • Former Indigenous participants in a Community Development Employment Projects Program, who received hearing services before 30 June 2013.

If you believe you are eligible for services from OHS you can contact them for further information here.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

To check if you are eligible for the NDIS you should contact the National Disability Insurance Agency directly to see if you reside in an NDIS roll-out region and can book an assessment of your eligibility.

Medicare

In certain circumstances Medicare will provide funding for hearing assessments and consultations with an audiologist when referred by an eligible medical practitioner.

Your audiologist may charge a gap fee for your appointment.

Private Health Insurance

Your private health insurer may provide rebates for hearing assessments and/or the fitting of hearing aids and other devices. Your eligibility for hearing rebates will depend on your health insurance company as well as your level of cover. If you have private health insurance it is recommended that you contact them prior to your appointment to confirm what, if any, rebate you are entitled to.

Hearing Aid Banks

Those people who are not eligible for other funding and have significant financial hardship may be eligible for assistance through a Hearing Aid Bank. Hearing Aid Banks are privately run and have their own criteria that must be met for assistance. If you are unable to afford a hearing aid then ask your audiologist for information about a Hearing Aid Bank in your state.