If you’d benefit from a hearing aid, but you’re worried about the cost, you might like to consider a finance or funding option.
You may be able to apply for funding, if your job, education, caring for dependents, or personal safety relies on a hearing aid. Our experienced staff are all full members of the New Zealand Audiological Society and are therefore accredited to access all types of Government funding.
We are also an affiliated partner of Southern Cross.
We’ll help you through the process of applying for any of the following:
- Government Subsidy – a partial government subsidy of $511.11 per hearing aid, this funding is available for first-time purchases of hearing aids, or replacement aids every six years.
- Veterans’ Affairs – this funding pays up to $900 per hearing aid. Any additional funding is usually covered by the patient.
- ACC – funding is available to some patients with a history of workplace noise, or an injury. ACC pays proportionally for Audiological costs (testing and hearing aids) based on percentage hearing loss relating to accident or noise exposure in the work place.
Making an ACC claim – patient information
- ACC claim is initiated by your General Practitioner and lodged with ACC
- ACC directs you to visit an audiologist for a full diagnostic hearing test
- This audiologist must be a full member of the New Zealand Audiological Society and it is your choice where you go.
- MNZAS audiologist performs a full diagnostic hearing test
- If your test shows 6% or more total hearing loss, ACC may ask you to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for further assessment. If you have less than 6% total loss the claim does not progress further as you have not met the ACC threshold for hearing loss. If your claim is not successful your Dilworth Hearing audiologist will discuss other funding options that may be available.
- You are referred to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for an assessment
- ACC receives the ENT report and all necessary information to make a decision about coverage
- You receive a letter of approval if your claim is successful.
- This letter provides the purchase order number and details the funding contribution that ACC and/or Ministry of Health will provide.
- You visit your MNZAS audiologist to discuss hearing aid options and to commence your hearing aid trial.
You are free to go to any MNZAS audiologist of your choice and you can change their selection at any time.
It should be noted that at times legislation can change, so do ask your audiologist or call ACC on 0800 101 996 if you require further information.
Talk to us today about a range of funding and finance options that will make hearing aids more affordable.
18 months interest-free with Q MasterCard®*
With 18 months of interest-free finance available on treatments $200 and over you can get the treatment you need, when you want it.
12 months no payments and no interest with Q Mastercard^
12 months no payments and no interest finance is available on in-store purchases only over $200.
Terms and Conditions
Q Mastercard terms and conditions
* 18 months interest free is available on Flexi Payment Plans for in-store purchases only until further notice. Minimum spend $200. Annual Account Fee of $50 applies. New Cardholder fees – $55 Establishment ($3 PPSR – Q Card only). Existing Cardholder fee – $35 Advance. Minimum payments of 3% of the monthly closing balance or $10 (whichever is greater) are required throughout interest free period. Paying only the minimum monthly payments will not fully pay the loan before the end of the interest free period. Standard Interest Rate, currently 25.25% p.a. applies to any outstanding balance at end of interest free period. Lending criteria, fees, terms and conditions apply. Rate and fees correct as at date of publication, subject to change. MasterCard and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated. For full Q MasterCard terms and conditions, please click here.
^ 12 months no payments and no interest (“Payment Holiday”) is available on Flexi Payment Plans for in-store purchases only until further notice. Minimum spend $200. Annual Account Fee of $50 applies. New Cardholder fees – $55 Establishment ($ PPSR – Q Card only). Existing Cardholder fee – $35 Advance. Standard Interest Rate, currently 25.25% p.a. applies to any outstanding balance at end of Payment Holiday. Lending criteria, fees, terms and conditions apply. Rate and fees correct as at date of publication, subject to change. MasterCard and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated. For full Q MasterCard terms and conditions, please click here.
Promotion terms and conditions
60 days money back guarantee offer
- Hearing aids may be exchanged for other products (of the same or lesser value), or may be returned for a refund, within 60 days of purchase.
- Dilworth Hearing reserves the right to refuse to exchange or refund hearing aids where the hearing aid (including its parts) have not been returned or have been damaged or lost.
- Any refund paid will be the amount paid by the patient only, which will not include any discounts or funders’ contributions (e.g. Ministry of Health, Veterans’ Affairs, ACC or insurance contributions).
ACC terms and conditions
ACC has increased the available funding effective from 1 July 2014 for audiological costs (testing and hearing aids) based on percentage hearing loss relating to accident or noise exposure in the workplace. Your audiologist might deem it necessary for you to have your hearing tested. ACC covers the cost for a repeat hearing test every six years. Depending on when ACC last paid for your hearing test, they may cover the cost of this test.
Government subsidy terms and conditions
This funding is only available for first-time purchasers of hearing aids, or replacement aids every six years.
Consumer Guarantees Act 2013
You have rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act. The Consumer Guarantees Act protects consumers by ensuring minimum quality standards for products and services are met, and if not, gives you rights to repairs, replacements or refunds.
The Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights
The Code of Rights is central to the health industry in New Zealand. It puts in place a number of rights to all consumers of health and disability services and as such, obligations on associated providers such as Dilworth Hearing.