This registration group references assistive hearing products other than hearing aids. Many of these products are designed to make hearing aids more effective or easier to use. Hearing equipment is one of seven assistive technology groups specified by the NDIS, along with:
- Assistive Equipment for Recreation
- Assistive Products for Household Tasks
- Assistive Products for Personal Care and Safety
- Communications and Information Equipment
- Personal Mobility Equipment
- Vision Equipment
The NDIS gives nine examples of assistive hearing products that it will fund, provided the supports are “reasonable and necessary,” and will help the participant build capacity and independence, and pursue their personal goals. They are:
Adapted landline telephone, for example telephones that have amplified sound, visual alerts, and different ring pitches.
Baby cry alerting systems feature visual or vibration alerts.
Hearing aid maintenance, a voucher to help participants cover the fees associated with maintaining their hearing aids.
Induction loop devices magnetically channel sounds to hearing aids. These are especially helpful in meetings and other public circumstances.
Music devices enable people with hearing aids to use audio equipment.
Personal amplifiers involve a portable system that captures sound, amplifies it, and then transmits it to a pair of headphones or earbuds.
Remote control for hearing aids allows people to make adjustments to hearing aids without touching the hearing aid itself.
Remote microphone systems pick up speech sounds from someone who is at a distance from the listener. An example would be a teacher in a classroom or a lecture hall.
TV devices for hearing assistance are systems designed to transmit sounds from the TV to the person watching it.
It is important to note that the NDIS has another registration group called Hearing Services, which references hearing supports for participants 26 years or older who do not have access to the government’s Hearing Services Program (HSP).