Aids that exceed the schedule
The new schedule of fees has an up-to amount of $2,415 per aid (GST included).
The aid that is recommended and fitted by the audiologist will be at their clinical discretion based on the veterans needs.
If the aids that are being recommended by the audiologist are over $2,415 per aid (GST included), then the audiologist needs to first discuss this with the veteran to see if they are able to self-fund the difference. If the veteran is unable to self-fund, or they meet the below criteria for exceptions, then the audiologist is to complete the exceptional circumstances application form and send this to the veteran's case manager for consideration by an independent audiologist.
Hearing exceptional circumstances form [PDF, 355 KB]
- The veteran is working in a safety critical role that requires higher tech aids to maintain the veteran’s safety
- Evidence the veteran has trialled and failed lower tech aids due to the nature of the complexity of their hearing loss
- The degree of hearing loss / speech discrimination / asymmetrical hearing loss / medical conditions mean lower tech aids are not going to be appropriate to meet their hearing needs.