Conditions for Eligibility

The department for rehabilitation of the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services provides communication support services for people with hearing impairments. 
Conditions for Eligibility 
Full eligibility is from age 18.
Criteria
  • Hearing loss of at least 70 decibels in the better ear.
  • The hearing loss took place before 3 years of age.
  • The individual did not turn 60/65 (men/women) before 15/8/02.
What does full eligibility include?
  • Communication payment
  • Communication basket
  • Tax back when purchasing a fax machine.
  • Participation when buying a crying alarm (for deaf parents of an  infant)
  • Translation services
Partial eligibility from age 16
Criteria:
  • Hearing loss of 50-69 Db in the better ear.
  • Hearing loss of at least 70Db that took place after the age of 3.
  • Hearing impaired individuals with a hearing loss of at least 70Db who turned 60/65 before 15/08/02.
  • Those who are fully eligible but are not yet 18 years of age.
 
What does partial eligibility include?
  • Tax back when purchasing a fax machine.
  • Participation when buying a crying alarm (for deaf parents of an  infant)
  • Translation services
 
Communication Payment
A monthly allowance that is given to those who are fully eligible. The amount is paid directly into his bank account. When he reaches pension age he receives 25% of the full amount.
 
Communication Basket
A refund when purchasing communication assistance devices, for the amount of 90% of the full price up until the amount fixed by regulations. This is given only to those who are fully eligible.
 Eligible individuals may request refunds for the full amount of the communication basket once in 4 years.
 When the individual reaches pension age, he receives 25% of the amount of the communication basket.
 
Translation services
Types of Translation
Translation from/to sign language
Transcription-typing of what is being spoken, simultaneously shown on a computer screen.
Copying of signs- copying of signs through touch for people who are deaf-blind, during group activities.
 
Each eligible individual receives an annual number of translation hours as follows.

 
  Full Eligibility Partial eligibility up to 69 Db      Partial eligibility above 70 Db
Regular  45 hours  16 hours  45 hours
Oleh Chadash  45 hours  32 hours  45 hours
Blind 61 hours  32 hours  61 hours