Funding

Our government recognises the impact that hearing loss has on the lives
of people, and subsequent effects on the economy. Therefore, New
Zealanders have access to a number of schemes to assist with the cost of
hearing aids.

Accident Compensation Corporation

ACC provides funding for people who have suffered hearing loss as a result of noise in the workplace, whether that damage was caused by prolonged exposure to a noisy environment, a sudden accident, or sudden extreme loud noise. If you need to make a claim and don’t know where to start, don’t worry we can work with you step-by-step through the claims process.

1: Hearing Test. Take our FREE hearing test, ask our team today.

2: GP appointment. Book an appointment with your GP. Make sure you take your hearing test results with you, The GP will start the ACC claim process.

3: Hearing loss questionnaire. Once your application is lodged, ACC will ask you to complete a hearing loss questionnaire. If you need help filling out the form, give us a call. We’re happy to provide support.

4: ACC Audiologist Assessment. You will receive a confirmation letter from ACC, which asks you to take an Audiologist hearing assessment. Simply call House of Hearing for your FREE hearing assessment.

5: Specialist ENT Appointment. Your next step is an appointment with an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. ACC will arrange this appointment for you and House of Hearing will forward your hearing assessment results to the ENT. The ENT specialist will discuss a range of factors that may have affected your hearing, including your work history, family life and ear health to diagnose the cause of your hearing loss. Following this appointment, the results are sent to ACC.

6: Hearing aid funding. If your claim is approved, you will receive a confirmation letter from ACC. If the solution to your hearing loss is hearing aids, House of Hearing can help you access hearing aids and/or related services at no cost. You can book a consultation with us, and our hearing experts will help you find the right hearing solution for you. House of Hearing provides free hearing aids with all levels of ACC funding.

You can also visit the ACC website for further information.

Book your ACC hearing check

Enable

Children up to the age of 16 and young adults (up to the age of 21 years who remain in full time education) are eligible to receive free hearing services and hearing aids through the Ministry of Health Enable NZ Scheme, which commenced in 2011. Funding is available for new and replacement hearing aids, along with repairs and supply of batteries.

Enable also partially funds hearing aids for adults aged 16 years or over with complex needs (for example hearing aid users since childhood, people with dual or multiple disabilities, sudden and severe hearing loss) and those adults with a community services card and who meet certain criteria (for example people studying, working or primary caregivers).

Enable Website

Veteran's Affairs

Individuals who are found to have a hearing impairment as a result of their military service may be eligible for funding of hearing aids. Eligibility depends on a number of factors, including whether the person receives a War Pension, and the degree of any assessed disability. To claim this funding you must complete a War Pension Disability Application Form.

Veterans Affairs Website

Other Support

Work and Income provides financial assistance for hearing aids to those who are eligible. Your House of Hearing audiologist can provide you with more information.

The New Zealand Audiological Society also administers a hearing aid bank for those people who are unable to affording hearing aids and are ineligible for other funding.

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