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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Hard of hearing should avail of grants before Budget

Published 09/10/2013 | 05:22

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As the 2014 Government Budget fast approaches Wicklow audiologist has urged the hard of hearing to avail of the generous government grants available for digital hearing aids while they still can.

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Keith Ross, audiologist with Hidden Hearing in Wicklow, believes that the social welfare grant system may be affected in the October given the anticipated budget cuts to the Department of Social and Family Affairs.

The grant was first introduced by the Department of Social and Family Affairs as part of its Treatment Benefit Scheme in order to make hearing aids obtainable to pensioners, those on disability benefit and their dependant spouses. The Treatment Benefit Scheme is currently available to all insured workers and retired people who have the required number of PRSI Contributions. The grant subsidises 50 per cent of the purchase price of a hearing aid up to a maximum of €1,000, and is available to both non-medical card and medical card holders when obtaining a hearing aid privately.

'The Government grant has afforded thousands of people across the country the opportunity to benefit from digital hearing aid technology that may otherwise have been out of their reach. The budget will be announced in mid-October and I would urge anyone who may be experiencing problems with their hearing not to delay and make an appointment in their local Hidden Hearing clinic to learn more about the grant while it is still available', said Keith.

Hidden Hearing is offering free hearing tests at 55 Main Street, Bray, on (01) 286 3971.

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