With the introduction of the NDIS, more people will have access to government funded hearing help and supports.
Now anyone with a hearing loss, irrespective of age, that meet the eligibility criteria, will have access to funding for that hearing loss via the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Funding is available for people with hearing loss for items like:
The National Disability Insurance Scheme will support people with a significant and permanent hearing loss who need assistance with every day activities including work, family and social obligations.
Accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme for hearing loss and hearing aid funding can seem like an overwhelming process. But just take it one step at a time and you’ll have success in no time. Once you break it down there’s really nothing to it apart from a little legwork. And if you need it, there are even people who can help you with that.
There are six steps outlined below to accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme. For more detail download our step-by-step guide:
There are two parts to eligibility. Firstly there is general eligibility. Most citizens or permanent residents under the age of 65 are eligible if their disability satisfies the NDIS criteria. That criteria says that if your disability is likely to be permanent and significant you can receive funding from the NDIS.
There is also a component of the NDIS targeted at early intervention. Early intervention requirements apply to children under 7 years of age.
The second part to eligibility, when talking about hearing loss, relates to the severity of the hearing loss.
Currently there is no set specific limit for hearing loss but generally, if your hearing test determines (and here comes the techno-babble) that you have a hearing loss of 40db HL 4 frequency average in the better ear you may be eligible. This is considered a moderate hearing loss and you would need hearing aids to understand normal speech or rely on speech reading cues. Get your hearing tested from a qualified audiologist to ensure your hearing loss is diagnosed correctly.
Finally you need to be in an area that the NDIS has rolled out in. Our current sites that have access to the NDIS are:
Sites coming online 1 January 2018 (but available for existing user from 1 November 2017)
Sites coming online 1 July 2018
Site coming online 1 January 2019
Depending on your plan, payment for your hearing aids and ALDs are made by a combination of the Office of Hearing Services and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. If you self-manage your plan you may need to pay for some items upfront and get reimbursed from the NDIS afterwards. You will discuss these details with your planner when you create your initial plan.
While not every Australian will be covered, even with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, hearing health support is now available to a much greater number in the population. If you, or someone you know have struggled with hearing loss now is the time to address the disorder for good.
Clarity have been at the forefront of NDIS service provision working directly with the NDIA, support coordinators and participants to ensure access and capacity is available when the NDIS has rolled out.
At Clarity we base your expert diagnosis and treatment on five simple, yet hard to come by principles.
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