If you’re finding it hard to hear people speak on your favourite TV show, or struggling to hear when there’s a lot of background noise, you’re not alone. Australia’s Hearing Care Industry Association (HCIA) estimates that one in six Australians suffer with some form of hearing loss.
The good news is it’s easy, safe and absolutely free for pensioners to get a hearing test. Clinics have remote and in-person testing available and demand is as high as ever from older Australians. It only takes two minutes to get started on your journey to a better quality of life.
You can still book a hearing test even with COVID-19 restrictions in place. You may still need a face-to-face hearing test, but hearing specialists can conduct initial appointments over the phone or via telehealth.
Social distancing rules means there’s only ever a small number of people in the clinic, plenty of time between appointments, with equipment wiped down and sanitised regularly.
Hearing specialists are also providing remote options for hearing aid fittings. Using hearing aid software and a remote link, you can jump on a video conference call to have your hearing aids adjusted with the help of a specialist.
And if you can’t leave your house, due to mobility issues or a need to self-isolate, clinicians can come to you to help fit your device at a distance.
All pensioners can get a free hearing test. In addition, pensioner concession card holders can get financial assistance from the government to help with the cost of a new device.
Other eligible individuals for subsidised hearing services include members of the Australian Defence Force and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants with hearing needs, who’ve been referred by a planner from the National Disability Insurance Agency.
For those who aren’t eligible for a government voucher, it’s worth checking if your private health fund extras will cover the cost of a hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Finder’s experts are on hand to help
Helping people get the hearing support they need as quickly and as easily as possible is our mission at Hearing Aid Finder. By booking through us, you’lll get a screening from a professional audiologist near you, and enjoy no-obligation trials on hearing aids so you can find a device that’s right for you.
So if you’re ready to book your hearing test before life gets busy again, schedule an appointment today.
This article is opinion only and should not be taken as medical or financial advice. Check with a financial professional before making any decisions.
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