Hearing Services Program – improving hearing outcomes

Hearing practitioners will be paid to provide assistance to all new clients of the Commonwealth Government’s Hearing Service Program to ensure they get the best use from their hearing devices.

Page last updated: 08 May 2007

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Why is this important?

  • More than 60 per cent of people over the age of 65 have some hearing loss which can compromise their quality of life.
  • This measure will make several improvements to the Commonwealth Government Hearing Services Program, which currently provides hearing devices and services to approximately 470,000 clients per year.
  • Of the clients who receive hearing services under the program, 30 per cent make little, if any, use of their hearing devices. Under this measure, the Government will pay hearing practitioners $120 to provide a follow-up service to help new clients familiarise themselves and get the best use out of their first free hearing device.
  • Funding for the provision of hearing services for children and special needs clients will be increased by approximately $30.1 million over four years.
  • Additional funding of $9.6 million over four years will also be made available for hearing research and prevention activities to inform future directions and to help reduce the incidence and consequences of hearing loss in the future.

Who will benefit?

  • More than 350,000 hearing-impaired Australians will benefit from these improvements.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed $70.7 million in funding over four years.

What have we done in the past?

  • In 2005-06 the Commonwealth Government spent $235.3 million for the provision of clinical services and devices to voucher and special needs clients under the Hearing Services Program.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative is ongoing.

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