Diagnostic audiology items

Information about key claiming requirements for the diagnostic audiology items available on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Make sure you read the relevant Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item descriptors and explanatory notes at MBS Online.

Diagnostic audiology items 82300-82332 let eligible audiologists perform diagnostic tests and procedures.

These services help ENT specialists and neurologists diagnose, treat or manage ear diseases or related disorders.

They supplement otolaryngology MBS items 11300-11345 for services delivered:

  • by medical practitioners
  • on behalf of medical practitioners (excluding item 11304 which a medical practitioner must provide in person).

How to request diagnostic audiology services

Medicare benefits are payable for items 82300 and 82306 if an eligible specialist in otolaryngology head and neck surgery writes the request.

Medicare benefits are payable for items 82309 to 82332 if a written request is made by one of the following:

  • an eligible specialist in otolaryngology head and neck surgery
  • an eligible neurology specialist
  • consultant physician in neurology.

Items 82302 and 82304 don’t require a request.

The request must contain all of these:

  • the date
  • the name and practice address or provider number of the eligible specialist or consultant physician requesting the service
  • a description of the service that shows how it relates to a particular item.

The request doesn’t need to specify the item number.

How to make additional requests

If you’re an audiologist, you must contact the requesting practitioner if any of the following apply:

  • the written request is incomplete
  • you need to clarify details of the written request
  • you think the patient may need additional tests.

If required, an audiologist must get an additional request.

A request may be for more than one diagnostic audiology service as part of a single audiological assessment. Audiologists need a new request for each new audiological assessment.

It’s up to the ENT specialist or neurologist to write a new request.

Audiologists must keep the written request for 2 years from the date they performed the service.

How to report results

After providing a diagnostic audiology service, an audiologist must give the requesting ENT specialist or neurologist both:

  • a copy of the results of the service
  • written comments on the results.

Audiologists should give the results to the ENT specialist or neurologist within 7 days of performing the service.

How to claim diagnostic audiology services

An eligible audiologist must perform all services both:

  • individually
  • in person.

These services aren’t available for patients admitted in a hospital or for hearing screenings.

Audiologists need a written request to claim items:

  • 82300
  • 82306-82332.

How to meet eligibility

To be eligible to claim these items, audiologists must register with us and be either:

  • a Full Member of Audiology Australia who holds a Certificate of Clinical Practice
  • an Ordinary Member - Audiologist or Fellow Audiologist of the Australian College of Audiology.

Audiologists don’t need to register to perform services under the diagnostic audiology item numbers if they have a provider number to perform services under items:

  • 10952
  • 81310
  • 82030
  • 82035.

Other item numbers for audiologists

As long as they have an appropriate referral, audiologists can also provide other audiology services.

The table below shows:

  • other audiology service item numbers
  • which patients are eligible.
Item number Eligible patients
10952 People with a chronic or terminal medical condition and complex care needs
81310 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians who have had a health assessment
82030 Children with autism, pervasive development disorder or an eligible disability for assessment services
82035 Children with autism, pervasive development disorder or an eligible disability for treatment services
82302 Patient with an auditory implant, getting remote programming service by telehealth. No referral needed
82304 Patient with an auditory implant, getting remote programming service by telephone. No referral needed

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Page last updated: 4 May 2022