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What items can be purchased with assistive technology funding from the NDIS specific to hearing loss? 

If you are seeking assistive technology to support your hearing loss, there are several products that may be available through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia. These may include: 

  • Hearing aids: Small electronic devices that are worn in or behind the ear and amplify sounds so that they are louder and easier to hear. There are several different types of hearing aids available, including behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, and in-the-canal models. Your audiologist can help you choose the best type of hearing aid for your needs. 
  • Assistive listening devices (ALDs): Devices that can be used in conjunction with hearing aids or on their own to help people with hearing loss hear more clearly in specific situations. Examples of ALDs include phone amplifiers, TV listening systems, and personal amplification systems. 
  • Cochlear implants: Electronic devices that are surgically implanted and can help people with severe/ profound hearing loss hear more clearly. 
  • Communication aids and equipment: Can include devices such as speech-generating devices and text-to-speech software that can help people with hearing loss communicate more effectively. 

It is important to note that the specific assistive technology products that are available to you through the NDIS will depend on your individual needs and goals, as well as the funding that is available in your support plan. It is a good idea to work with an NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) to determine the most appropriate products for your needs. 

This response has been drafted with the assistance of AI. It has then been checked, edited and approved by our BHA audiology team. 

Updated on February 22, 2023

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