Hearing Aids can make a significant difference in the quality of life.
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 has created 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.
Applications close 31st August 2020.
Change a life by donating to the Hearing Aid Fund.
We need your help. We want to expand the Hearing Aid Fund to support more New Zealanders. Sadly, many in our community have accepted they simply won’t be able to purchase hearing aids due to their financial situation and are going without.
Help us to break down this barrier and enable those facing financial hardship to access this life-changing technology by donating today.
NFDHH does not receive government funding, and the Hearing Aid Fund is made possible entirely thanks to our community’s generosity.
Help to combat isolation by acting now.
Due to the cost, some members of our community have sadly lived since birth without assistive hearing technology.
For those in our community who are losing their hearing gradually, they may slowly notice they are missing social cues, punchlines, and are unable to fully participate in conversations. Unfortunately, many have reported avoiding getting hearing aids because of the prohibitive cost.
As a result, they may withdraw from their normal social outings and become isolated, and cut-off from activities they used to enjoy.
You can help by donating to the Hearing Aid Fund today.
“My son was born single-sided deaf. He got a hearing aid fitted when he was 7. He’s almost 21 now. We’ve been trying to get him a new one for about five years…” – Esther
"I desperately need them, however the cost is too much even with a subsidy. My kids get frustrated with me because I can't hear them. I avoid social things as well."
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.
Apply to the Hearing Aid Fund
NFDHH have officially launched the Hearing Aid Fund, which supports hard of hearing New Zealanders who are facing financial hardship. We have 20 grants available. Each successful applicant will receive up to $500 towards their new hearing aids.
Applications are open!
Some audiology clinics, like Triton Hearing, offer a 'Pay as You Hear' subscription service. This means that the gap you need to pay after receiving the Hearing Aid Fund grant and government subsidies can be paid off monthly. This makes it even easier and more affordable to get into new hearing aids