FUNDING

Costs of Hearing Aids:

There are a huge range of hearing aids in the market and therefore it is hard to give an exact price. Wanita will be able to give you a quote once she knows, what your needs are, what your hearing levels are like and what kind of environments you are in. Wanita will discuss the price with you at your appointment and will be based on your needs and budget. There are some funding options available which are discussed below.

Funding Options Available:

Kiwi hearing is accredited with all funding bodies and therefore is able to access all funding options for you if you are eligible. 

ENABLE universal hearing aid subsidy: The Ministry of Health's Hearing Aid Subsidy Scheme provides $511.11 (incl. GST) per hearing aid to adults over the age of 16 years. You will need to be a NZ resident living in NZ and have a permanent hearing loss. 

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ENABLE funding: You may be eligible for funding of hearing aids if you meet certain criteria. This includes:

  • Significant hearing loss from childhood
  • Dual disability, such as blindness and hearing loss or intellectual or physical disability and hearing loss
  • Hold a community services card, have a moderate sensorineural hearing loss and meet one of the other criteria such as -working more than 30 hours a week, studying full time, volunteer work for more than 20 hours a week or caring for a dependent person 

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ACC: They are able to assist if the hearing loss is a result of any of the following:

  • Exposure to a noisy work environment causing hearing loss
  • Exposure to a sudden, extremely loud noise causing hearing loss
  • Sudden accident causing hearing loss

ACC doesn’t cover congenital hearing loss, age-related or illness-related hearing loss. To apply for ACC funding, contact your general practitioner who can initiate a claim for you. You will then be sent for a hearing assessment at a clinic who is accredited with ACC. It is your choice where you go and Kiwi Hearing would be very happy to help you. Once you have had your hearing assessed, you will be sent to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, who will determine if your hearing loss was due to any of the above. You will then find out if you have been approved or not and how much they will contribute towards your hearing aids. Wanita is able to help discuss this further with you and is able to assist with ACC claims. 

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Veteran Affairs (War Pensions): Hearing aids and other hearing assistance devices such as amplified telephones are available to veterans who have a hearing disability as a result of their military service.  To claim this funding you must complete a War Pensions Disability Application Form which is available from the War Pensions Services  (click here).  The war pension funding covers the following:

  • Audiologist fees
  • The cost of the hearing aids (up to a certain limit)
  • Cost of repairs
  • A battery allowance
  • Replacement aids

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WINZ (Work and Income Support): A WINZ subsidy is now available to anyone. Wanita is able to give you a quote to take to WINZ to discuss your options.

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Hearing aid bank: The New Zealand Audiology Society and the Wellington Hearing Association jointly administer a hearing bank for those people who are unable to afford hearing aids and are ineligible for other funding.  Wanita will be able to help you access this funding should you require it. It does require access to your financial information.