We believe everyone should be able to access hearing aids if they need them.
Hearing aids can have a hugely beneficial impact on being able to connect meaningfully with others. Unfortunately, many who need them cannot afford them.
To help bridge this gap, the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Lily McManus have teamed up to create the Hearing Aid Fund, which supports hard of hearing New Zealanders who are facing financial hardship. Each successful applicant will receive up to $500 towards their new hearing aids.
You can help us to grow the Hearing Aid Fund. By giving this Christmas, you’ll be enabling people in our community to hear sounds they’ve been missing out on. Sounds like their baby’s or grandchild’s first words, their children’s voices, and conversations with their loved ones.
Applications are now open.
We hope to give away 100 grants to help New Zealanders to access the hearing aids they desperately need.
We've teamed up with Lily McManus!
Lily McManus believes a New Zealander’s financial situation shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing hearing aids. Her goal is to help as many New Zealanders as possible to receive the hearing aids they need.
In this video, Lily McManus interviews Deva about her personal experiences with hearing loss and how her new hearing aids, generously donated by Lily McManus, have changed her life.
Change a life by donating to the Hearing Aid Fund.
In 2020, many of our community members reached out to share their heartbreaking stories about their struggles to afford new hearing aids. We simply had to help! That’s why NFDHH have teamed up with our Ambassador, Lily McManus, to launch the Hearing Aid Fund.
Thanks to those who donated to the Hearing Aid Fund, we were able to gift our first round of grants to some very grateful recipients in October 2020. They were touched and relieved to receive financial support towards their much-needed new hearing aids.
Our most recent grant recipients were thrilled to receive this grant:
“My deep appreciation to the Foundation and supporters. After many years of hearing difficulty, I will be able to fully participate in conversations and enjoy television and movies again.” Mary F. Hearing Aid Fund Grant Recipient.
“This is terrific! It will make life much easier for my family. I loved it when I tried my new hearing aids at testing. I couldn’t believe the difference.” Helen-Mary G. Hearing Aid Fund Grant Recipient.
Untreated hearing loss has been directly linked with a shorter life span, as well as poor mental health.
A 2019 study, from the University of Michigan, has shown that those who receive hearing aids at the first sign of hearing loss have a lower rate of depression, anxiety, and fall-related injuries than those who do not.
In addition, untreated hearing loss among the elderly dramatically increases their chances of developing dementia, according to a study published by the Lancet in 2018.
Even a relatively mild hearing loss has been connected to increased symptoms of dementia, with a 25 db loss (inability to hear sounds at the level of a whisper) having been shown to double someone’s chances of being diagnosed.
This is why we are working hard to alleviate financial barriers and reduce delays for those New Zealanders who urgently need hearing aids but can't afford them.
Could you afford a sudden expense of $2,000 - $10,000 tomorrow?
This is the reality for many New Zealanders who need to purchase new hearing aids.
At prices that range from $2,000 all the way up to $10,000, it is understandable that many put off buying them. Some wait up to ten years, from the onset of their hearing loss, to take the first step to get hearing aids.
However, 64% of those who receive hearing aids wish they did so sooner.
With your help, we'll be able to make hearing aids more accessible and support those who are most vulnerable in our community.
Applications are open now.
The Hearing Aid Fund supports hard of hearing New Zealanders who need new hearing aids and are facing financial hardship. Thanks to the generous support of our community, we are offering another round of grants this year. Each successful applicant will receive financial assistance towards their new hearing aids.
The Hearing Aid Fund application deadline is the 31st of March.