The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides funding for hearing aids and hearing loss treatment to eligible New Zealanders. The ACC offers different levels of funding depending on the cause and extent of your hearing loss. To qualify for this funding, your hearing loss must be a result of an accident, medical treatment or exposure to noise in a work environment. Your Specsavers audiology professional will guide you through each step of this process.
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
1. Book a free 15-minute hearing check with Specsavers Audiology.
2. Visit your GP.
Take a copy of your hearing check results with you to your appointment with your GP. Your GP will assist you to complete your ACC claim form and will lodge it with the ACC on your behalf.
3. Complete a hearing loss questionnaire.
Once your claim form is lodged, the ACC will contact you to complete a claimant questionnaire either over the phone or via post. At Specsavers Audiology, we can help you complete these forms correctly. The completed form must be returned to the ACC within 14 days.
4. Have a hearing assessment.
The ACC will require you to undergo a full hearing assessment which we will complete at Specsavers Audiology.
5. Visit an ENT.
After your hearing assessment, the ACC will arrange for you to discuss your results with an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. The ACC will forward your hearing assessment results to the ENT before your appointment.
6. Be fitted with hearing aids.
The ACC will inform you via a confirmation letter that your hearing aid funding has been granted. This final step is simple. Book in with your Specsavers audiology professional and they will find you a hearing aid solution that best suits your needs. You have time to trial your new hearing aids and your audiologist will help you get the best from them.