The NDIS funds supports for hearing services for participants over the age of 26 who do not have access to the Hearing Services Program (HSP), which provides hearing services to Australian citizens and permanent residents.
Australians 26 years of age and older who do not have access to the HSP may qualify for NDIS funded hearing supports. The NDIS will also fund supports for individuals of any age who require additional or specialised hearing services that are not offered by the HSP.
A person may receive supports from both the NDIS and the HSP simultaneously, as long as the supports are not duplicated.
Supports vary according to a person’s age. For people under the age of 7 who are diagnosed with hearing loss, the HSP will fund services and ensure that they are able to access the NDIS for any additional services (e.g. early childhood intervention and certain types of assistive technology). All HSP supports for children are provided by Hearing Australia.
HSP supports for Australians between the ages of 7 and 25 depend on eligibility, which can be determined by visiting the HSP website. Any “reasonable and necessary” supports not funded by the HSP will be funded by the NDIS.
The same goes for people 26 and older, some of whom do not qualify for any HSP funded supports. Again, you can find out whether or not you qualify for HSP supports by visiting the HSP website.
Hearing services typically covered by the NDIS include hearing devices, maintenance and repairs on those devices, capacity building supports, non-diagnostic assessments, and different forms of assistive technology.
Participants who qualify for NDIS hearing supports will generally work with an audiologist or audiometrist.