Pre-employment and monitoring industrial screening.
Hearing Aid Fitting: prescription and trial of appropriate devices.
Assistive Listening Devices: provision of devices where a hearing aid may not be appropriate or practical.
Tinnitus Management: Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.
Hearing Conservation: advice on occupational noise damage prevention and management.
Hearing Protection: Swimmer’s and Musician’s Ear Plugs; custom made ear tips for MP3 players.
Some patients may also be referred under the Enhanced Primary Care Plan, by a G.P., where a chronic condition may require a hearing assessment, also limited rebates are available under Medicare for audiological services, where you have been referred by an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, or a Neurologist.
The Better Start Funding for Children with Disability Initiative will also allow some funding through Medicare items. The child has to have a demonstrated permanent hearing loss, or specific disability to meet the funding criteria.
If you are not eligible for any of these rebates, then you may receive a refund under private Health Insurance, for the hearing assessment or when purchasing a hearing aid. This varies, so please check with your health fund. Independent Audiologists have created a guide to what most funds provide, depending on your level of cover, as listed below.