How to Find Help Paying for Your Hearing Aid

As a customer, one of your greatest safeguards is the recognition by the hearing aid retailer that your satisfaction through clearer hearing is of the greatest importance. Hidden Hearing will provide you with a friendly, reliable and helpful service in order to maintain our excellent reputation.

Health Board or private hearing aids?

To obtain a hearing aid through the health board you must first visit your doctor. If hearing loss is confirmed, and if a hearing aid is recommended one may be provided free through the Health Board. This will depend on whether, upon checking, you qualify under the rules of the Social Welfare Scheme. If your doctor confirms that a hearing aid is required you have the option of seeing a private Hearing Aid Consultant of your choice.

The benefits of private hearing aids

If you decide to purchase a private hearing aid you may be able to choose from a wide range of instruments. If you buy from an independent supplier you may also have a choice of manufacturers.
The instrument will be made to your exact prescription to compensate your own hearing loss as closely as possible.

How much do they cost?

Although most companies can supply price guides on request, the problem with pricing hearing aids is that the aid most suitable for you depends entirely on your own particular type of hearing loss. The extent of the sophistication of the instrument which you need will have a bearing on the price.

Can I finance my hearing aids?

Yes….. Hidden Hearing offers a special finance package with a 0% finance option on the purchase of your hearing aids. This means that we will spread the cost of the hearing aids over 12 months in 12 installments and there is no extra charges or costs. Terms and conditions apply and all details can be obtained from your local branch or by contacting 1800 370 000.

What financial assistance is there?

There are many sources of financial help available. Special benefits are available to Medical Card Holders. People who have paid into the PRSI (Pay Related Social Insurance) can receive significant help when buying a private hearing aid and this can be worth up to €1,000 per person. If you are an income tax payer you may be able to claim the cost of your hearing device against tax (MED 1). Some companies offer easy payments on hearing aids with low interest rate. Your hearing aid consultant can help you through the financial maze.

Are there special terms for pensioners?

Yes, certain hearing aid retailers are able to offer special terms for Pensioners as well as being able to supply hearing instruments which are particularly suitable.

For further information contact Hidden Hearing.