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There are a number of possible financial supports that are available for the purchase of hearing aids. These are subject to qualifying criteria.
Treatment Benefit Grant
A grant of up to €1000 is available from the Department of Social Protection towards the purchase of hearing aids. It is subject PRSI contributions made by employed and self-employed persons. Your status can now be checked online by your audiologist. Spouses may also qualify if their husband or wife made sufficient PRSI contributions. This type of application is paper based. Contact Hear Again for further information about this process.
If you are currently paying income tax you qualify for 20% tax relief against the purchase of hearing aids. The relief is granted on the net amount paid, therefore if you are in receipt of a Treatment Benefit Grant this will have to be deducted from the purchase price first and then the 20% relief claimed against the Net amount. Claims can be made on the Med1 form.
Organisations such as An Garda Siochana and ESB have financial supports available for their members for the purchase of hearing aids. These are available for past and present members. Contact your employer for full details of schemes available.
Medical Card Holders
The Treatment Benefit hearing aid grant is available both to qualifying non-medical card and medical card holders when obtaining a hearing aid privately. Medical car holders, who also qualify under the PRSI hearing aid grant scheme, can avail of superior quality hearing aids and after-sales care by dealing with a private hearing aid dispenser such as Hearing Again.