Audiology South will help you source and apply for any funding that you may be eligible for.
There are some great hearing aid funding options for New Zealand residents. Most adults either qualify for the Government subsidy or another funding assistance option. At Audiology South, it is our pleasure to help you assess your options and apply for the funding that best suits you and your circumstances. Outlined below is a summary of options, and our helpful staff can supply more detail.
Ministry of Health subsidy
Those paying privately for their hearing aids are eligible for the Ministry of Health subsidy, currently $511.11 per device or $1022.22 per set (incl gst). It is renewable every six years. Most hearing aids sold by Audiology South qualify for this subsidy. Ask for more information about this option – we’ll be delighted to help.
ACC assists with the cost of treatment and hearing aids including servicing and repair for people whose hearing was damaged in the workplace by long-term noise exposure or an injury. If working in an industry such as farming or factories has impacted on your hearing, we can advise and assist you with your ACC hearing loss claim.
Veteran Affairs may help those who have suffered hearing loss related to active service. If you’ve served in the armed forces and believe this has impacted on your hearing, let us know and we can assist you to submit your funding application or contact your Veteran Affairs case manager.
Health insurance companies often provide certain amounts of audiology cover, at least for hearing services. Be sure to check your policy for details.
Work & Income NZ
Work and Income may provide repayable hearing aid loans of up to $1000, and in some instances more, for those currently receiving Work and Income support. Ask us today about how this could benefit you or your circumstances.
"ENABLE" / EMS
Funding assistance may be provided under the Enable New Zealand EMS regulations for people with multiple disabilities or financial hardship. For example, those with long-duration, moderate-to-severe hearing loss, or those needing amplification for employment, study, or to be a caregiver.
In addition, all children up to and including 21 years of age qualify for funding assistance for hearing aids while attending educational courses.
Contact us today
At Audiology South we work with patients to resolve their requirements for hearing aids and funding needs. We sometimes have to think “outside the square” to come up with innovative solutions. Over the years we’ve secured some funding for nearly all patients who have asked for help.
For unique cases where individuals are unable to afford hearing aids and not eligible for any of the above assistance, there may be other assistance that can be accessed.
Each year we do our bit to help people obtain hearing aids through the New Zealand Audiological Society Hearing Aid Bank, which distributes hearing aids that have been donated. Our audiologists can give you more information on this, so get in touch.