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Aides to assist your hearing now on loan

May 20th, 2016

Did you know that the Guide Dogs Hearing Services team has a range of assistive listening, alerting and communication devices available for short-term loan?

If you have a hearing loss, the equipment loan scheme may assist you in a number of ways:

  • You can borrow a device to use during a one-off event where you expect you might need some extra support in a challenging listening situation, such as a family event, lecture, funeral or other group situation.
  • You can borrow a device to take with you to use when travelling away from home.
  • If you’re thinking about purchasing a device but aren’t sure if it will meet your needs, you can try before you buy, to help you determine how suitable the device is for your daily communication needs.

A range of devices are available for loan for a period of two weeks. These include personal communication devices for use with or without hearing aids or cochlear implants. Baby cry alarm packs are also available for loan for a period of three months.

After trialling a device through the loan scheme, one client commented the device “…has helped me tremendously to communicate a little easier, especially with my husband.” Another client who trialled a device in her workplace reported that the device “made my life so much easier and I didn’t feel so tired after work as I didn’t have to lip read as much.”

There is no cost to borrow a device, however a $100 refundable deposit is charged. Hearing Services has recently received a generous grant from Deafness Foundation to purchase additional loan devices to better meet the needs of our clients.

A free appointment with a Hearing Rehabilitation Coordinator is required to borrow a device. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Hearing Services on (08) 8203 8394 or email To find out more about the range of assistive technology available for people with hearing loss, visit 



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