The Ministry of health has two levels of funding: Hearing aid subsidy – this is available to all New Zealand residents. You must have a National Health (NHI) number, then we can apply for this subsidy on your behalf. The subsidy is for $511.11 per hearing aid and is available again after 6 years.
Hearing aid funding – is available to people who meet very strict criteria including having a community services card. People who meet the criteria for this scheme are often seen within the public hospital system. Funding covers the cost of the hearing aids, those seen in a private clinic pay a fitting fee.
Children’s hearing aids are provided for free through the public hospital system. This is for children aged 0 to 20, while they are in formal education.