Hearing Aid Information

Choice of hearing aids

HA-Types-Oticon-Images-007-300x169Hearing aids today are built with sophisticated, intelligent technology to provide you with the maximum natural sound quality possible. The three most commonly used hearing aid styles are:

  • Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE)
  • Behind-the-ear (BTE)
  • In-the-ear (ITE)

At Hearing Auckland, we offer expert, impartial professional consultation, designed to ensure you get the hearing aid that exactly matches your needs – and your budget.

Businesswoman-with-Hearing-Aid-225x300These days, hearing aids can be very small, lightweight, nearly invisible with a range of colours that are cosmetically appealing. They are easy to wear and comfortable. They give a clearer, more natural sound quality.

If you have milder hearing loss, you may be able to have a smaller style of hearing aid. With greater hearing loss, a more powerful hearing aid with larger battery is often required.

The size and shape of your ear canal can influence the hearing aid style that best suits you.

Your lifestyle will also influence your decision as to the best hearing aid for your circumstances. If you spend more time reading, watching TV, gardening, etc. your needs will be different to someone who spends a lot of time outdoors and in noisier environments with more background noise. We can help you choose the hearing aid that best suits the variety of hearing situations (including noisy ones) that you experience in your day-to-day lifestyle.

Cost

We offer a range of choices. We are a not-for-profit organization and are completely independent, so we do not “push” any one brand. We offer all the main brands of hearing aids, with each option being competitively priced.

Different hearing aids have different levels of sophistication and technology and therefore costs vary and it will depend on your hearing loss and your lifestyle as to which hearing aid will be recommended for you.

On-going Costs & Service

Most hearing aid manufacturers offer a two year warranty. We can clarify this for you before you buy.

Hearing aids use batteries for their power source. You can buy replacement batteries from us at Hearing Auckland, or usually from pharmacies or supermarkets.

Many insurance companies require you to list a hearing aid on your Home & Contents policy to ensure you are covered and we suggest that you contact your insurer and ask them what their requirements are if you have hearing aids.

Funding Assistance

The Ministry of Health provides subsidies of between $511 (1 aid) and $1,022 (2 aids) for those without access to other funding. You are eligible to apply for a subsidy once every 6 years.

Children

Funding for hearing aids is provided for children from preschool to 16 years and also for young people 21 and under, if in full time school tertiary education or vocational training.

Community Services Card

Funding for hearing aids may be available to Community Card holders who:

  • Work more than 30 hours per week
  • Volunteer over 20 hours per week
  • Are over 21 & study full time
  • Are caring full time for a dependent person
  • Are registered as seeking employment

Veteran’s Affairs NZ

For those who have served in the NZ Defence Forces & have been exposed to noise induced hearing loss, funding may be available. For further information, contact veterans Affairs NZ on 0800 483 8372.

Work and Income NZ

If you are on a low income or benefit, help for costs related to hearing loss may be available from WINZ. Contact your local WINZ office.