Better Hearing Australia’s Victorian Hearing Aid Bank (VHAB) – an unfunded program and the only bank of its kind in Victoria – aims to reduce the impact of hearing loss by providing hearing aids to disadvantaged Victorians.
A pair of hearing aids purchased through the private market ranges from $5,000 to $10,000 and Federal Government funding for hearing aids is limited, leaving many people to struggle with hearing loss.
The issue mainly affects people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, who represent our community’s most marginalised and disadvantaged, such as:
- single income families
- working poor and unemployed
- refugees and asylum seekers
Find out more about the impact of hearing loss.
How the Victorian Hearing Aid Bank service works
Each client has their hearing tested and assessed to determine the type of hearing aid needed and the programming it will require.
Ear mould impressions may be taken and VHAB searches through the range of donated hearing aids to find the right fit for each client, programming it to meet its new owner’s specific needs. Each client is fitted with their new hearing aid.
VHAB offers support/training for clients, before sending them home with their recycled hearing aid – also maintaining and reprogramming hearing aids into the future
If you feel the VHAB service is for you contact us to make an initial appointment.
How to donate hearing aids
You can drop off hearing aids at the 517 Pharmacy, located at 3/517 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004.
517 Pharmacy are open 8am-7pm Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm Saturday and Closed on Sunday.
With your support, Better Hearing Australi (VIC) will now be able to help many more people receive the gift of a hearing aid.