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Hearing aids for pensioners



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PRESS STATEMENT BY COMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH, DR. A.J. FORBES

HEARING AIDS FOR PENSIONERS

The Minister for Health, Dr. Forbes, said today that hearing aids

would be available from the Commonwealth Acoustic Laboratories for pensioners

and their dependants in. all age groups as from August 12.

Hearing aids were available to pensioners who would benefit from

their use, for a nominal hiring charge of $10, on application to the

Commonwealth Director of Health in the state of residence of the applicant.

Application forms were available from offices of the Commonwealth Department

of Health and the Department of Social Services, out-patients departments

of large hospitals and from pensioner organisations.

Appointments could now be made for pensioners to visit Commonwealth

Acoustic Laboratory centres in all capital cities and at Newcastle, Townsville

and Launceston.

A programme of visiting to major provincial centres was now being

organised. Country residents should submit their applications to the

Department of Health in. their capital city. They would then, be advised by

letter of the date on. which Commonwealth Acoustic Laboratory psychologists

and audiometrists, with portable equipment for conducting hearing tests,

would visit the provincial city or other major centre nearest to their place

of residence. Appointments would be made to avoid waiting. '

Pensioners and their dependants would be fitted with hearing aids

and given, all necessary instruction and assistance to get the best use from

them.

The Pensioner Hearing Aid Scheme was first introduced in. April

and has now been progressively extended to all age groups of pensioners and

their dependants.

August 9ยป 1968

DEPT. NO. 32