Reimbursements

What to expect, including ACC Claims Process, Ministry of Health Hearing Aid Subsidy, War Pension Funding, Work and Income (WINZ) support and Ezidebit

ACC Claims Process, Your Checklist

The ACC provides funding for hearing aids and hearing loss treatment to eligible New Zealanders if hearing loss is a result of any of the following:

  • Exposure noise in a work environment or sudden extremely loud noise 
  • Hearing loss associated with an accident 
  • Hearing loss associated with medical treatment

The process for ACC is stepped out below:
  1. Full hearing assessment or hearing screen completed. Eligibility for ACC Funding confirmed 
  2. Visit your GP to initiate ACC Claim; your GP will complete the appropriate forms for you. 
  3. ACC will send you a Questionnaire by post. Complete this and post it back to ACC. 
  4. ACC will contact you to have a full audiometric test carried out. 
  5. Prior to your test, ensure that you have NOT been exposed to very loud noise within the last 16hrs. Your Audiometric report will be sent to ACC. 
  6. ACC will then send you an appointment to see an Ear Nose and Throat specialist (ENT). 
  7. When you see the ENT, they will make a decision about your hearing loss and send their report to ACC. 
  8. You will then receive a letter from ACC confirming the outcome of your claim. 
  9. If accepted, contact us to arrange an appointment to discuss hearing aids. If declined, please also contact us.

Ministry of Health Hearing Aid Subsidy

All New Zealand residents that are over the age of 18 years old are eligible for a hearing aid subsidy of $1,022.22 for two hearing aids or $511.11 for a single hearing aid. The subsidy is a contribution towards the costs of new hearing aids and is available every 6 years thereafter. Your bloom hearing specialist will be able to advise you on eligibility.

For more information on the Ministry of health hearing aid subsidy please call us on 0800 533 433.

War Pension Funding

Hearing aids and other hearing assistive listening devices such as amplified telephones are available to veterans who have a hearing disability as a result of their military service.

The war pension funding covers:

  • Cost of hearing aid(s) – limit applies
  • Audiologist appointments costs
  • Repair of devices
  • Battery allowance
  • Replacement of hearing aids after 5 years

Your bloom hearing specialist will be able to advise you on eligibility.

For more information on the Ministry of health hearing aid subsidy please call us on 0800 533 433.

Work and Income (WINZ) support

A WINZ loan may be available to New Zealand residents to contribute towards the purchase of hearing aids. In order to establish an individual’s eligibility to meet this criteria WINZ requires a letter and quote from your Hearing Specialist.

For more information click here or come and see your bloom hearing specialist for a discussion and to check your criteria.

For more information on the WINZ loan please call us on 0800 533 433.

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