If you have a hearing disability, you might have experienced difficulties communicating with others. This can be especially true if you have a hearing impairment and live in a remote area.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been designed to provide support for people with disabilities. It is intended to help people get the services they need to live their lives as independently as possible.
If you have a hearing disability and are registered with the NDIS, your NDIS provider can help you access support from professionals who understand your needs. Here are four ways your NDIS provider can support you if you have a hearing disability:
1. Your NDIS Provider Can Help With Hearing Assessments
Before you can receive funding under the NDIS, your provider must assess whether your hearing loss meets one of its eligibility criteria. If it does, they will then determine whether or not a hearing aid would improve your quality of life enough to warrant funding. They will also assess any other conditions you may have in addition to hearing loss (such as tinnitus), which may require additional treatment or services if deemed necessary for your well-being.
2. Your NDIS Provider Can Help You Choose Appropriate Assistive Technology Devices
Your NDIS provider will help you choose appropriate assistive technology (AT) devices. These are devices that assist with communication and other daily tasks, such as computers, mobile phones, tablets, and closed caption TV. They may also be able to provide funding for more than one device if required. For example, if you have both vision impairment and hearing loss then your provider may recommend a combination of visual aids (such as magnifiers or CCTV) and audio devices (such as screen readers).
3. Your NDIS Provider Can Help You With Medical Appointments
Your NDIs provider can help coordinate your appointment times at appointments with specialists who deal with sensory impairments such as audiologists, speech pathologists, and otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists) The NDIS will help with transport to and from these appointments.
4. Your NDIS Provider Can Support You To Find Employment
The NDIS can provide you with vocational and employment support to help you find a job. This support can include training and education, as well as assistive technology that will help you do your job. The NDIS can also provide you with an employment support allowance so that you can meet the costs of travelling to and from work.
If you have a hearing disability, it can affect your daily life in many ways. You may have difficulty at work, or in social situations. You may have trouble communicating with friends or family.
The good news is that there are many services available to help people with hearing disabilities. Chat with your NDIS provider to find out more today.Share