Funding Options Members



There are several funding paths and finance options available to your patients if they meet the criteria. We can help you through the process of applying for any of the funding that your patient may be eligible for, as well as assisting with further information on our finance options.

How to access funding for your patients

Dilworth Hearing audiologists help patients through the application process for most of the funding channels, however, for ACC funding, the application needs to be started by the patient’s GP through the process outlined below. If you have any questions about the processes, please contact Dilworth Hearing on 0800 345 002 or email

Ministry of Health - Hearing aid subsidy scheme

If a patient is over 16 years of age and a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident living in New Zealand they are entitled to a subsidy from the Government of $511.11 per hearing aid, or $1022.22 towards a pair of hearing aids, once every six years.

For more information on this scheme, click here to visit the Ministry of Health website.

Ministry of Health - Hearing Aid Funding Scheme

Enable supports selected patients with the provision of the most cost-effective hearing aids and accessories to meet their listening needs. Funding is currently available for:

  • Children or young people up to the age of 21 years in full time study or preschool.
  • Adults 16 years or over who have moderately-severe or greater long-term hearing loss since childhood, sudden and moderately-severe or greater hearing loss during adulthood, and/or multiple disabilities which affect their ability to communicate.
  • Adults aged 16 years or over who have a Community Services Card and are either in full time work or full time study, performing voluntary work for at least 20 hours per week or the main carer of a dependent person.

Enable funding covers the device costs only, audiological testing and device fitting fees need to be met by the patient.

For more information on this scheme, click here to visit the Ministry of Health website.


If hearing loss is as a result of an injury or is work-related, patients may be eligible for ACC funding. If the claim is accepted, ACC will contribute approximately $3,000-$5,000 towards the cost of appointments, hearing aids and consumables. They also supply hearing aid batteries. The level of funding available through ACC depends on how much of the patient’s hearing loss is due to injury or is work-related.

For more information on how you can help your patients to access this funding click here to view our ACC guide.

Veterans' Affairs

For people who have acquired active service-related hearing loss while in the New Zealand Armed Services.

The Veteran can contact their case manager who will arrange approval for a hearing assessment. Veterans’ Affairs will cover the cost of basic hearing aids, and over-scale funding may be approved in some cases depending on the Veteran’s circumstances.

For more information click here to visit the Veterans’ Affairs website.

Work and Income New Zealand

If a patient is unable to finance the shortfall of the hearing aid costs, WINZ may provide a grant or an interest- free loan which is gradually paid off out of their benefit payments or wages.

Hearing Aid Bank

For patients who are in financial hardship who are ineligible for assistance from Government agencies, the New Zealand Audiological Society Hearing Aid Bank has a collection of donated hearing aids and cash grants to purchase hearing aids for which people can apply to access.

Charitable Trusts and Iwi

Charitable trusts and iwi can be approached by the individual for funding.

General Insurance

Dilworth Hearing can also help patients who have lost or significantly damaged their hearing aid(s) assisting them with home and contents or travel insurance claims.


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