Equipment and technology

Are you struggling to hear? You don’t have to just put up with it. A range of gadgets and services can help you in your daily life.

For many people, help with hearing loss may include having hearing aids fitted and learning good communication tactics. But hearing aids may not work in every situation or for every person with a hearing problem.

NOTE: The National Foundation for the Deaf does not promote specific products.


Advances in technology are bringing new assistive devices every day that work for young and old alike.

More information

The Hearing Association offers help and information about technology and equipment to help you hear. You can buy many of the devices online from Hearing Association offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Visit the website to find a local branch.

A hearing therapist can advise you on the right equipment for your needs. Visits are free. To find one in your area, call LIFE Unlimited on 0800 008 011 or visit the website.

Find out more about the equipment available for children and young people who are Deaf or have hearing loss through the Ministry of Health website (includes FM systems, replacement hearing aids etc).

Technology-based services