If you have injury-related hearing loss
If you have hearing loss because of an accident or injury, ACC may fund your treatment and any equipment you need.
Talk to your health provider (doctor or audiologist) to see what help you might get through ACC.
If you have both injury-related hearing loss and non-injury related hearing loss, you might be able to get funding from both Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People and ACC.
If you have NZDF service-related hearing loss
If you’re a New Zealand veteran with service-related hearing loss, Veterans’ Affairs may help you get hearing aids or appliances.
If your hearing loss isn’t injury related
Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People provides hearing services for children and adults with hearing loss not covered by ACC or Veterans’ Affairs.
You may be eligible for some of these services:
- Hearing therapy to manage hearing loss (16 years and over)
- Hearing aids – free or subsidised
- Assistive hearing and alerting equipment
- Cochlear implants for children and adults with severe hearing loss
You will need to be assessed by either an approved hearing aid assessor or hearing equipment assessor to receive funding. Visit the New Zealand Audiological Society website to find an approved assessor. If you're eligible for funding, the assessor will make a claim on your behalf.
If you’re over 16 years old and have trouble hearing, you may be able to get access to hearing therapy for free. A hearing therapist assists people to manage their hearing loss in their everyday lives including home, work and social situations. Your Way | Kia Roha currently provides this service on behalf of Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People.
A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is hard of hearing or deaf.
Assistive Technology (AT)
AT is specialised equipment and technology that students with additional needs use in class to increase or improve their ability to participate and learn.
Alerting or assistive hearing equipment
To get funding for this type of equipment you will need to have an assessment with an audiologist, hearing therapist or Deaf Aotearoa Service Coordinator. They must be an approved assessor for Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People for hearing equipment (hearing assistive technology).
The assessor may make an application for funding through the Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People Equipment and Modification Services.
Other funding options
If you can't get funding from ACC, Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People, or Veterans' Affairs, you may be able to get help through one of the following:
Last updated on Thursday, 13 April 2023