What is hearing impairment?
Whether mild, moderate, severe, or profound, hearing loss or impairment can have a severe impact on an individual’s ability to communicate with others. It can affect one ear or both and lead to difficulty in hearing conversational speech or loud noises.
In the case of disabling hearing impairment, the exclusion from communication can cause feelings of loneliness, isolation, and frustration, particularly among older people, and lead to challenges in finding or maintaining employment.
Support from the NDIS
The NDIS provides support in daily personal activities, transport to enable participation in community, social, economic, and daily life activities, workplace help to allow a participant to successfully get or keep employment in the open or supported labour market, therapeutic support, and help in home modification.
For adults to qualify for support from the NDIS, you need to provide one of the following disability pieces of evidence:
- Hearing impairment responses and groupings guide (17 years and over), or
- Other: Hearing acuity score.
At home with Forsight
Supported living and community engagement can help to considerably lower the social and emotional impact of disabling hearing impairment for deaf and deafblind clients.
In some Forsight homes, we can offer sensory rooms while personalised pathways may include art therapy developed specifically for the hearing impaired.