We were established by the Australian Government in 1947 to provide hearing services to children whose hearing was affected by a series of rubella epidemics and to assist veterans who experienced hearing damage during World War II.
We provide hearing services under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program. The Hearing Services Program has two streams: the Community Service Obligation (CSO) program and the Voucher Program.
Our ability to hear is central to how we perceive the world and how others perceive us. In fact, not so long ago, hearing loss sufferers were stigmatised by both the frustrations of those trying to communicate with them and the bulky and unattractive hearing aids that were available to help with their hearing. Those days are gone.
Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds and today there are a wonderful variety of advanced hearing devices that make a huge impact on quality of life while having a minimal effect on the wearer’s appearance.