An Access to Work grant can be used to cover the cost of more premium hearing aids and accessories that are not usually available via the NHS. Privately, hearing devices are prescribed as part of a bespoke care package, which is tailored to the needs of each individual. This type of approach can aid workers who may benefit from extra features on their hearing aids to help cope with challenging workplace listening environments. Technologically advanced hearing aids can make a considerable difference to hearing in the workplace, however, many are only available privately.
Workers often benefit from:
- Bluetooth streaming of audio calls which link your telephone to your hearing aids
- Remote microphones to help with group conversations or listening from a distance
- Remote control adjustments for hearing aid volume or feature settings
It is advised that you talk to your employer about making reasonable adjustments before you apply. To qualify for help towards your hearing aids from Access to work you must meet the following criteria:
- have a hearing loss that makes it hard for you to do parts of your job
- be 16 or over
- live and work in England, Scotland or Wales – there’s a different system in Northern Ireland (You cannot get Access to Work if you live in the Channel
- Islands or the Isle of Man)
- have a paid job or be about to start or return to one. A paid job could include: self-employment, an apprenticeship, a work trial or work experience or an internship*
*Voluntary work not included
We recommend you visit the government pages on access to work to check whether you are eligible before applying by clicking here.