Our team of hearing specialists at Bay Audiology believe that nobody should have to miss out on hearing the joys of life and are dedicated to improving lives through hearing solutions.
This belief and devotion inspired us to create Free to Hear, a programme providing free hearing aids to those experiencing financial hardship.
Since 2015, Free to Hear has helped support people with free Starter hearing aids, allowing them to take the first step towards better hearing.
Come in and speak to our team of hearing specialists to find out more about the Free to Hear Programme and see if it is right for you.
The initial step is completing a Full Diagnostic Consultation with Bay Audiology. During this appointment your clinician will:
We will talk though any funding options that may be available to you. These include:
Ministry of Health Government Subsidy
Check you are eligible for the Ministry of Health Government Subsidy. The Free to Hear Programme accesses this funding to subsidise the cost of the Free to Hear hearing aids. This subsidy is available to most New Zealanders over 16 years of age.
Other sources of funding for hearing aids
Assess if you are eligible for any other sources to fund hearing aids, this includes but is not limited to ACC, Veterans' Affairs, Hearing Aid Funding Scheme, WINZ loan or other charity sources.
If you are unable to financially provide for your hearing health and cannot access any other funding, your clinician will nominate you to receive Starter hearing aids from the Free to Hear Programme.
We have ensured your application is quick and easy and can be completed during your Full Diagnostic Consultation appointment.
If you’d like to know more, speak with one of our team and they can explain the process and advise if the Free to Hear Programme is right for you.