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Benefits and services

If you have hearing loss, you may be entitled to benefits, equipment or services. There is also support available from different agencies, whether you need extra help at work, at home, with education or with transport. For more general information, see our leaflet Benefits: your rights and entitlements.

What benefits are available?

You may be able to claim benefits if you have or care for someone with hearing loss – it will depend on the severity of the loss and how much it affects daily life. If you have difficulties with communication and or mobility; if your hearing loss affects your ability to work or study, or if you need personal care, you are likely to be eligible.

For some benefits, your income and savings will be taken into account, as well as whether you live with any dependents. These are called means-tested benefits. But there are some benefits (non-means tested) that do not depend on what other money you have.

There are other benefits you may be entitled to depending on your circumstances, but not related to your hearing loss. For example, if you are unemployed you are likely to be able to claim Jobseeker's Allowance. For more about all the different types of benefit, you can go to Directgov or contact the organisations in our Useful contacts section.

People with hearing aids or those who receive some form of disability benefit can qualify for a disabled person's railcard. This allows the cardholder a third off most rail fares. If they are travelling with an adult companion, the other person can also get the same discount.

If you are of working age:

You can claim the following benefits because of physical or mental disability, including hearing loss:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Community Care Grants from the Social Fund

For more information, see our range of benefits factsheets.

If you are over state retirement age:

These are the benefits relating to disability, including hearing loss, for people aged over state retirement age:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Community Care Grants from the Social Fund

For more information, see our range of benefits factsheets.

If you are or were, in the armed forces:

If military service caused or contributed to your hearing loss, you may be entitled to claim:

  • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
  • War Disablement Pension
  • Priority health treatment for veterans

For more information, see our range of benefits factsheets.

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