One topic that we often discuss with participants is hearing supports, so we thought we’d share a bit of information to help.
Does the NDIS assist with hearing supports?
The quick answer is yes… however it requires a little more information to determine if you qualify.
If you think you need assistance with hearing supports, you most likely need to look at two parts:
- Hearing devices are usually provided under the Commonwealth Government’s Hearing Services Program (HSP) which is separate to the NDIS.
- Additional hearing supports can be included in your NDIS plan but are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Let us explain in a bit more detail….
What does the HSP help with?
The HSP can help participants receive hearing services and devices at no cost.
How can the NDIS help?
While hearing devices and services are provided by the HSP, NDIS participants with permanent hearing impairment may receive funding in their plans for other hearing supports. Like everything in the NDIS, the need for these supports is assessed on a case-by-case basis but if deemed reasonable and necessary* funding could be added under the assistive technology budget category in your plan. Supports in the category could include:
- Specialised alerting systems (vibrating/flash smoke alarms)
- Wireless streaming devices (for the TV, phone or remote microphone)
- Remote controls
- Cochlear implant speech processor accessories (including aqua accessories)
- Speech processor upgrades.
We can help you.
Let us help you with your preparation for your first NDIS Plan meeting or Plan Review to ensure you have everything covered and make sure you have the very best chance of getting the help you need.
*Want to understand more about what is “Reasonable and Necessary”? Click here to read our blog article on the topic.