Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton announced in her Budget 2012 speech during the week changes to the Treatment Benefit Grant for hearing aids. Most people thought the grant would disappear altogether so it’s good news that the department has kept the grant for qualifying clients. However the frequency of the grant for hearing aids will change from 2 years to 4 years. The maximum grant available for one hearing aid will change from €760 to €500 and from €1,520 to €1,000 for two hearing aids. These changes come into place in January 2012. So you have until December 31st. Your hearing aid audiologist can explain your grant entitlement and if you don’t delay you may be able to take advantage of the currant scheme which could be worth up to €1520. Act now and you could stand to gain €520. For further information contact your local Hidden Hearing branch or call our freephone number 1800 370 000.