Claiming PIP for hearing loss: Eligibility and process explained

People could be entitled to extra cash due to hearing conditions that impact daily life
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Hearing loss is a common issue that can significantly impact your daily life. It can be caused by various factors and may be permanent.

Across the UK, thousands of individuals live with conditions that affect their hearing ability, either partially or completely. Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, you might be eligible for assistance through the Department of Work and Pension's (DWP) Personal Independence Payment (PIP) system.

PIP is a tax-free benefit that you could claim if you live with any of the 15 conditions recognised by the DWP as eligible for additional financial support. We've compiled a list below, along with useful information to ensure you don't miss out on extra cash.

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Am I eligible for PIP?

If you're over 16 and under State Pension age, you could qualify for PIP. You don't need to have worked or paid National Insurance contributions to be eligible for PIP, and it doesn't matter what your income is, whether you have any savings, or whether you're employed or unemployed.

You must have a health condition or disability where you:

  • Have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for three months.

  • Expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months.

The DWP will assess the eligibility of your PIP claim over a period of 12 months, looking back for three months and forward for nine months - they must consider if your illness changes over time.

Does my hearing condition qualify for PIP?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recognises 15 hearing conditions that qualify for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) support. These are divided into different categories including:

Conductive hearing loss:

  • Chronic secretory otitis media

  • Chronic suppurative otitis media

  • Conductive hearing loss - Other causes / type not known

  • Conductive hearing loss due to Trauma

  • Mastoiditis

  • Otitis externa - chronic

  • Otosclerosis

Sensorineural hearing loss:

  • Deafness - congenital

  • Labyrinthitis

  • Menieres disease

  • Presbyacusis

  • Sensorineural hearing loss - Other causes / type not known

  • Sensorineural hearing loss due to Trauma

The DWP also has categories labelled "Mixed hearing loss" and "Other diseases affecting hearing and balance". This is designed to cover any conditions not listed specifically.

What can I expect to get from a PIP claim?

If you suffer from one of these conditions, you could be eligible for PIP, a benefit typically paid monthly directly into your bank account. It consists of two parts - daily living and mobility. The amount you receive for each component depends on the severity of your condition's impact on your life.

For the daily living component, the standard rate is £72.65 per week, while the higher rate is £108.55. For mobility, the standard rate is £28.70 per week, with a higher rate of £75.75.

You can find information on how to start a PIP claim on the GOV. UK website. The application process can be completed online, over the phone, or by post.

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