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Hearing loss

Signs of hearing loss

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Hearing loss is nothing to be ashamed of. Some people lose their hearing as they age, and others lose their hearing as a result of their military service.

Signs of hearing loss can be different for everyone. You may notice that you no longer hear the kettle boil, or the toaster 'pop'. Perhaps your partner has complained the TV is always too loud, or you find it difficult to follow a conversation in social situations or noisy places like a café or restaurant. Sometimes musical instruments sound muted or you may be mishearing song lyrics. You may have persistent ringing or buzzing in your ears. These are all signs that you may have hearing loss or damage.

Hearing services

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DVA provides a range of hearing services to members of the veteran community with hearing loss. Eligible DVA clients are provided assistance, advice and high-quality devices to better manage their hearing loss, including:

  • a comprehensive hearing assessment
  • an individual rehabilitation plan
  • advice and support about hearing loss
  • if required, the fitting of a hearing device — at no cost to you
  • free maintenance of these devices
  • access to additional support for more complex hearing and communications needs, such as tinnitus.

What's the catch?

There is no catch.

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Hearing services and devices (there are over 160 modern hearing devices that you can choose from) are provided to you at no cost. DVA understands hearing loss can have a significant impact on a person's life and provides access to these services to help you manage your hearing loss so you can focus on the things you enjoy.

Accessing services is easy

The first step is to see your doctor for advice and get a referral to a hearing specialist.

More information is available via the following:

You can also contact us on GeneralEnquiries@dva.gov.au

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