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Top-up hearing aids explained

Hearing Services Program (HSP) Hearing Aids explained

Under the Commonwealth Government Hearing Services Program(HSP), if your hearing assessment shows a hearing device will assist you with your hearing and communication needs, you will have three options:

  1. Choose not to get a hearing aid yet, but manage hearing loss through listening and communication strategies and annual reassessments

  2. Be fitted with ‘fully subsidized’ hearing aids or assistive listening devices

  3. Contribute the cost of hearing aids in order to receive more advanced technology

What is a Fully Subsidized hearing aid?

These are entry level hearing aids that can be expected to enhance the quality of life of people living with hearing loss.  Additionally, they are equipped with features to help you hear on the phone including direct streaming to you mobile smart phone.

Private insurance rebates

You may like to check with your private health insurance fund, if you have one, to determine what costs it may cover for you. These costs will be different for individual health funds and the level of coverage you have.

For more information please head to the Hearing Services Program Government website

Top-up hearing aids explained
What is a Partially Subsidized hearing aid?

In order to access additional features and benefits in their hearing aids, clients are required to ‘partially subsidize’ their fitting– contribute to the cost of more advanced solutions.  But what level of technology and how much you wish to contribute is completely up to you.  Additional features and benefits may include:

  • Richer sound quality delivered through devices that have more frequency bands which allow a greater ability for the audiologist to fine tune your hearing aids. 

  • Greater clarity and comfort in noise, through more advanced noise management technology

  • More discreet solutions

  • Hearing aids that adjust automatically to changing listening environments

  • Rechargeable hearing aids so you don’t have to change fiddly batteries

To understand these features more, visit this page.