For children and young adults under 26 years of age who are eligible for the specialist hearing services through the Hearing Services Program (HSP)
You will continue to receive government funded hearing services through Hearing Australia beyond 1 July 2020.
This means that you will continue to receive the same level of care and support you currently receive through Hearing Australia from 1 July 2020.
- Fully government subsidised hearing devices and ongoing audiological services
- Upgraded and replacement speech processors for cochlear implantable devices
- Repairs and maintenance for your devices
- Ongoing services and support to assist your (or your family member’s) hearing loss
If you are also eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), you may be able to receive funding for additional reasonable and necessary supports that are not available through Hearing Australia. For example, specialist early intervention services, Auslan services, programs that help young people to improve their participation in education, work or social activities and some assistive technology such as alerting systems. Further information is available on the NDIS website.
If you already have an NDIS plan, the only change you may notice is that it will no longer include funding for hearing aids or hearing services, as these will be provided through the HSP by Hearing Australia. You will still have access to any other funds that were provided for supports that are not covered by Hearing Australia.