A grant towards the cost of your hearing aid is available under the Treatment Benefit Scheme. However, this is dependent on you or your spouse/civil partner’s PRSI contributions. If you qualify under the grant scheme, the Department of Social Protection will pay up to half the cost of a hearing aid or repairs towards a hearing aid, subject to a fixed maximum contribution of €500 for one device and €1,000 if you require two hearing aids. Recent changes in legislation mean the grant is more accessible and now includes monetary support for those who are self-employed. More information on the Treatment Benefit Scheme can be found at www.welfare.ie For those with private health insurance cover, tax relief can be claimed for expenses at the highest rate you pay.