Funding if you are deaf or have hearing loss
Government funding is available for people who are Deaf or have hearing loss to help you communicate and live safely.
You may be eligible for:
- Hearing aids.
- Alerting equipment to help hear the doorbell, alarm clock, telephone, fax, smoke alarms, baby monitor etc.
- Assistive listening devices, such as personal amplifiers.
- A cochlear implant.
If your hearing loss is related to an injury
If you've had an injury that has resulted in deafness or hearing loss, ACC may be able to fund things like hearing aids, equipment or other services.
To find out if you're eligible, visit the ACC website.
If you have both injury and non-injury related hearing loss
You may be able to get joint funding from the Ministry of Health and ACC.
Veterans’ Affairs funding for military service-related hearing loss
If you’re a New Zealand veteran with service-related hearing loss, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) may be able to help you obtain hearing aids or appliances. Visit the Veterans’ Affairs website to find out who qualifies for help, and the items and services available.
If your hearing loss is not injury related
The Ministry of Health provides hearing aids, equipment and therapy services for people with hearing loss not covered by ACC or Veteran’s Affairs.
To receive funding you will need to be assessed by either an approved hearing aid assessor or hearing equipment assessor.
If you are eligible for funding, the assessor will make a claim on your behalf.
How do I get an assessment?
Contact Enable New Zealand who can put you in touch with an assessor in your area.
What range of support is available?
Free hearing therapy for people over 16 years
If you have just acquired a hearing loss, or your hearing is getting worse, you may need some help to adjust.
The Ministry of Health funds hearing therapy (aural rehabilitation) for people aged 16 and over. A hearing therapist assists people to manage their hearing loss in their everyday lives including home, work and social situations.
To find a hearing therapist who provides this service, visit the Hearing Therapists Association of New Zealand website.
Visit the Ministry of Health website to find out who can get government funded cochlear implants and how they are provided.
Funding for children
If your child is deaf or has hearing loss the Ministry of Education may be able to fund equipment that can help your child live safely and communicate with others.
For children with hearing aids, a personal FM system may be useful. This is a device which transmits sound to a child through a receiver attached to a hearing aid and is often used to help hearing impaired children hear the teacher in the classroom.
Funding can be available for school aged and pre-school aged children.
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, you will need to have an assessment with an audiologist, hearing therapist or Deaf Aotearoa Service Coordinator. They must be an approved assessor for the Ministry of Health for hearing equipment (hearing assistive technology).
The assessor may make an application for funding through the Ministry of Health Equipment and Modification Services.
To find an approved hearing equipment assessor, contact Enable New Zealand.
What if I am not eligible for government funding?
You may be able to get help through the following:
Visit the Ministry of Health website to read about the symptoms of hearing loss in children and adults.
Hearing loss services
Visit the Ministry of Health website to download booklets about services for children and adults with hearing loss.
Search Firstport for hearing services in your area.