Australian Hearing Services has paid penalties totalling $37,800 after the ACCC issued three infringement notices alleging the Australian Government owned corporation engaged in false or misleading conduct in connection with the supply of hearing services to consumers.
The ACCC also accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Australian Hearing, which has admitted that its conduct breached the Australian Consumer Law.
Australian Hearing competes with other hearing clinics to provide hearing services to consumers under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program. It owns and operates Hearing Help, a service that provides hearing advice to consumers by phone or via Facebook.
Australian Hearing has admitted that it:
“This is the second time we have acted recently against a hearing services provider after we put the sector on notice in 2017 about concerning business practices in the industry,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.
“Hearing clinics need to ensure that they are not misleading customers in order to sell hearing aids. Hearing clinics must be truthful in the way they promote and deliver their products and services, whether in their advertising materials or in their direct communications with consumers.”
“The customers of these businesses are often vulnerable due to their hearing loss or age, and are often on a pension. We will continue to take enforcement action to protect vulnerable consumers where we see wrongdoing,” Ms Court said.