DWP confirms people with 14 common hearing conditions could qualify for extra £430 a month

Attendance Allowance is a DWP benefit given to people over the state pension age who have a medical condition or disability and need help with their day-to-day care
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UK residents could be missing out on hundreds of pounds every month from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) if they don't realise they are eligible for Attendance Allowance. This benefit is given to people over the state pension age who have certain medical conditions or disabilities.

The payment is designed to help pensioners afford the added costs of their day-to-day care due to their disability and eligibility. The amount given largely depends on what care or support a person needs.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a carer or attendant to claim the benefit. The aim is to help people maintain independence in their own homes.

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According to the charity Regain Hearing, some hearing conditions or issues can impact everyday activities like driving, making phone calls or going shopping. The Royal National Institute for Deaf People notes that if these hearing conditions affect your daily life and ability to communicate, you may be eligible for Attendance Allowance.

There are 14 conditions frequently considered for Attendance Allowance according to the Mirror:

  • Chronic secretory otitis media

  • Chronic suppurative otitis media

  • Conductive hearing loss due to trauma

  • Conductive hearing loss - other causes/types not known

  • Mastoiditis

  • Otitis externa - chronic

  • Otosclerosis

  • Deafness - congenital

  • Labyrinthitis

  • Menieres disease

  • Presbyacusis

  • Sensorineural hearing loss due to trauma

  • Sensorineural hearing loss - other causes/type not known

  • Mixed hearing loss

Those who don't have these specific conditions but believe they fit the eligibility criteria can still apply for the benefit. Attendance Allowance is not means-tested so the amount a person earns or has in their savings will not affect their eligibility or the payment rate they receive.

Attendance Allowance is divided into two rates based on the level of assistance required by the applicant. The lower rate, valued at £72.65 per week, is for those who require help either during the day or night.

The higher rate, set at £108.55, is for individuals needing assistance both day and night or those who are terminally ill. Those already receiving Personal Independence Payment, Adult Disability Payment or the care component of Disability Living Allowance are ineligible to apply for Attendance Allowance.

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