In terms of NDIS funding, the same rules apply to audiometrist services as to audiologist services. That is, participants with a diagnosis of substantial, permanent hearing loss are generally eligible for funding. The level of funding depends on the your age, health circumstances, and whether you are also receiving funding through the Australian government’s Hearing Services Program (HSP). For example, the NDIS will not cover a service that is already being covered by the HSP.
In general, NDIS participants who have hearing impairments will be working with audiologists rather than audiometrists. That is because audiometry is mostly confined to screening, testing, and diagnosis, whereas audiology is the practice of treating hearing loss.
Most NDIS participants eligible for hearing services funding have already been diagnosed with hearing loss. In other words, they are past the screening and testing stage, and are actively working with an audiologist to limit the effects of their disability through hearing aids and other assistive technology.
With that said, audiometrists play an significant role for people looking to obtain NDIS coverage. If you have a hearing impairment that you think qualifies you for government funding, the first step is scheduling an appointment with an audiometrist.
He or she will administer a hearing test that measures your hearing threshold level, or the lowest level of sound you can perceive in each of your ears. The results of the test will tell you if you qualify for NDIS funding. If you do, the next step is an appointment with an audiologist, who will give you an further evaluation and prescribe a course of treatment.
Keep in mind that the NDIS will generally not fund initial diagnostic testing. Subsequent testing may be subsidised if it is recommended by your audiometrist and if the NDIS considers it to be “reasonable and necessary.”