If you are deaf or have hearing loss, you might be able to get disability benefits and grants to help cover the cost of:
- technology and assistive devices, such as a personal listener, to help you communicate
- communication support to help you do your job or study, such as a speech-to-text translator or British Sign Language (BSL) translator.
You may also qualify for other discounts and financial support, depending on your personal situation.
To check what you can claim, use the Benefits Calculator on the Turn2Us website.
State Pension age
The benefits you can apply for depend on whether you have reached the age when you can claim your State Pension. Your State Pension age is worked out based on your gender and date of birth.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
PIP is for people aged 16 or over who have not reached State Pension age. It can help cover the extra costs caused by disability or long-term ill health.
Access to Work
You may be able to get an Access to Work grant to cover the cost of any assistive devices or communication support you need to do your job.
Help in education
If you are a student aged 16 or over, you may get help to cover the cost of any assistive devices or communication support that you need for your studies.
If you are registered as deaf or use hearing aids, you qualify for a third-off rail travel in Great Britain. You may also qualify for discounted bus travel.
Attendance Allowance (AA)
AA is for people over State Pension age who have a severe physical or mental disability and need help with personal care or supervision.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)
If you have hearing loss because you were exposed to noise at work, or because you had an accident at work, you could be eligible for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
If your deafness or hearing loss was caused by service in the armed forces, you could be eligible for compensation. This could be a lump sum payment or a monthly payment.