Answers to your questions regarding types of assessments, medicare and costs, childrens’ hearing loss, referrals, and alternatives to hearing aids.
What’s the difference between a free hearing screening and a full assessment?
How often should I have my hearing tested?
Can I claim my audiology services through Medicare?
My child finds it difficult to focus in class. Do they have a hearing loss?
Do I need a referral to see an audiologist?
We do not require a referral to provide our clients with assessments and services. Clients with DVA cards and government pensions who wish to access subsidised services under the Office of Hearing Services no longer require a medical certificate signed by their GP.
I don’t want hearing aids. Is there anything else I can do?
Our university qualified audiologists can provide you with a personalised rehabilitation programme that suits your needs and may not require you to purchase a hearing aid. We also fit a range of assistive listening devices and over the counter wearables which may help to improve your hearing health in some situations.
Office of Hearing Services rebate - Can I claim for devices through my private health fund?
Yes. Receiving services through the Government voucher system does not exclude you from claiming a payment from your health fund. If you have contributed towards a ‘top-up device’ you can claim your payment by providing your insurer with a copy of your receipt.
As a pensioner is it easy to switch to a different hearing clinic of my choice?
Yes. The government has made it really simple to switch providers. Simply inform your new hearing clinic of your authority to switch providers and they can transfer you via the Office of Hearing Services (OHS) online portal. It takes just a few moments. Contact Shout to get started.