Support Funding for Hearing Aids
Helping you to access funding for your hearing aids
As part of our service, we can help you access funding from a range of participating NZ agencies and private organisations, for the purchase or replacement of your hearing aids.
Depending on your circumstances and type of hearing loss, you may be able to get help from one of these providers. From our experience and familiarity with the different support funding options, we find many of our clients often meet one of the funding providers support criteria.
We will happily take the time to explain to you the support funding options and advise you on your best path forward.
Please see below a list of the key funding providers.
Ministry of Health Hearing Aid Subsidy
If eligible, with the Ministry of Health Hearing Aid Subsidy Scheme you can get $1022.22 (incl GST) funding support for the purchase of your hearing aids.
This funding is for adults over 16 years of age, who are NZ citizens living in NZ or permanent residents; plus some more specific criteria.
See below for more details.
Ministry of Health Hearing Aid Funding Scheme
With this scheme you may get full funding of your hearing aids. It’s available to children and adults, who are NZ citizens living in NZ or permanent residents; plus some more specific criteria.
The level and suitability of hearing aid funding will be in part decided on, depending on your hearing assessment, which will be assessed and discussed with you during your hearing clinical consultation. See below for more details.
Note: The Ministry of Health support funding only covers the price of the hearing aids and does not cover any additional costs for the hearing assessments or hearing aid fitting service.
ACC may assist in funding for hearing aids if your hearing loss can be determined to be caused by one of the following.
- Acoustic or physical trauma resulting in significant change in hearing
- Occupational (work related noise exposure)
- Medical misadventure
ACC funding approval is based on your individual case history, the onset, degree and configuration of your hearing loss, based on your hearing test results.
If ACC approves your claim, funding of hearing aids can range from $3000 – $4900.
Private Contents Insurance
Your contents insurance may cover you for your hearing aids if you lose or damage your hearing aids beyond repair. Some insurance companies may strongly recommend that you source your replacement hearing aids from audiology clinics of their choice.
However, it is our understanding that you are free to choose an audiology clinic of your choice. If you are a patient of Oracle Hearing, and you would like us to replace your hearing aids, simply come in and talk to us.
We will provide a quote for your insurance company for replacing your hearing aids.In most cases, your insurance company will provide a cash pay-out, so we can then arrange your replacements.
WINZ Support and Loan
You may be eligible for a recoverable loan from WINZ to assist in the cost of hearing aids.
We will provide you with a quote to take to WINZ. If WINZ approves the funding, you will not have to pay anything up front.
Your hearing aids loan will be directly deducted from your benefit, approximately $5 – $10 per week.
We can work with you and Veterans Affairs to assist in accessing funding for hearing aids for a hearing disability under certain circumstances, depending on your service history. Simply come in and talk to us, to discuss your options.
If eligible, you can get fully funded hearing aids through Veterans Affairs.
Overview of the Ministry of Health Funding Scheme
For the Ministry of Health’s Hearing Aid Funding Scheme, it covers the cost of the hearing aids for eligible children and adults who meet their criteria. With this scheme, it fully funds the “purchase’ of the hearing aids.
To be eligible you need to be a New Zealand citizen living in New Zealand or a permanent resident.
Funding only covers the price of the hearing aid and does not cover any additional costs for the hearing assessments or hearing aid fitting service.
FOR ADULTS: The funding for each hearing aid is available only once every 6 years.
FOR CHILDREN: Funding is available no more than 3 times in 6 years.
View here the full details of the criteria
Overview of the Ministry of Health Subsidy Scheme
For the Ministry of Health’s Hearing Aid Subsidy Scheme, it provides $511.11 (incl GST) per hearing aid to adults over the age of 16, who have a permanent hearing loss and need a hearing aid.
To be eligible you need to be a New Zealand citizen living in New Zealand or a permanent resident who is not covered under the Hearing Aid Funding Scheme.
The subsidy for each hearing aid is available only once every 6 years and is available only for the purchase of new hearing aids.
View here the full details of the criteria
New fully rechargeable hearing aids, custom fitted.
Ask about our free 6-week trial of hearing aids. (Conditions apply).
New technology options with Bluetooth compatibility.
We can help you access funding from various agencies.
Free 6-Week trial of hearing aids
We offer a six-week no-obligation free hearing aid trial (some conditions apply), so that you can experience the benefit these devices can provide and decide if the hearing aids meet your needs and expectations.
With this offer, you will be required to pay the full price of the hearing aids on the day of the fitting; then you get to use and try them in the 6-week trial period. If you then choose to return them, we will give you a full refund for the cost of the hearing aids. Note: If a custom mould has been made for a BTE, we are unable to refund that amount.