Is there financial assistance available for hearing aids?

Yes, there are a number of avenues available to you to help pay for the cost of a hearing aid. These include:

Social welfare grant

Hearing aids may be provided by suppliers who have a contract with the department of social protection. The Department pays half the cost a hearing aid subject to a fixed maximum of €500 for each hearing aid every 4 years. It also pays had the cost of repairing hearing aids. For more information:

What are the conditions?

Hearing aids must be provided by suppliers who have a contract with the Department of Social Protection. Full details of the eligibility conditions for the grant may be obtained from the Department website:

Can I get tax relief?

Income tax rebates for income tax payers are also available under the MED 1 Scheme for prescribed medical appliances, which include hearing aids. These rebates are also available to income tax payers where their dependant relative is obtaining a hearing aid. (Conditions apply). Full details may be obtained from the Revenue Commissioners' website:

I have medical insurance?

If you have medical insurance with, VHI, BUPPA, AVIVA, LAYA. Depending on your specific insurance you may be able to reclaim your expenses however, this is completly dependant on your medical insurance. For more information please contact your insurance provider and enquire. We stress this is not applicable to everyone it completly depends on your provider.