How do I apply for ACC help?
To make an ACC claim for work-related hearing loss, simply see your doctor, who will complete the claim form and send it to ACC on your behalf. ACC will ask you for information about your work and medical history and may also contact your previous employer(s). You will also need to have your hearing tested by an audiologist and have a consultation with an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.
At Bay Audiology we will help you through this process. If you have any questions along the way, remember that your local clinic is here to help keep this simple and stress free. We will keep in regular contact with you during the process to check you are on track, but don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.
How much ACC funding is available to me and how is it determined?
The help available to you from ACC depends on how much of your hearing loss is work-related, and how much is due to other factors. This is assessed by an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. ACC use the specialist’s information to work out how much funding they will give you towards your hearing aids. ACC will also contribute a set fitting fee towards the cost of supplying, fitting and programming your hearing aids. ACC contributions range from $3,157.90 - $4,953.05 for a pair of hearing aids every six years. Regardless of how much funding you may receive from ACC, there’s always a fully funded solution. You also have the option to top-up that contribution to make sure you get the best solution for your listening needs.
If you already wear hearing aids, it is helpful to know that as technology has improved so quickly, most devices now perform better than what you currently wear. We recommend with new funding available every six years, it is beneficial replacing your hearing aids to take advantage of the technology advancements.
Returned service veterans may be eligible for funding for hearing devices if their hearing loss has been damaged as a result of military service. To start this process you need to see your GP and contact Veterans’ Affairs and following that our audiologists are able to provide all services.
Q Mastercard is a great way to pay for your new hearing aids. With 12 months interest free, you can start enjoying life with healthy hearing right away. You can apply for your Q MasterCard at your local Bay Audiology clinic or for more information on Q Mastercard - Click here.
At Bay Audiology we accept the WINZ credit payments. You need to obtain a quote for hearing aids from Bay Audiology and will then need to contact your local WINZ office to go through this process. For more information - Click here.
Private health insurance or household contents insurance
Some health insurance companies provide full diagnostic hearing tests under their policy. Please check your policy or contact your insurance provider.
Household and contents insurance may cover your hearing aids if they are lost or damaged. Please check with your insurer. If you own hearing aids its wise to specify them with your home and contents insurance to ensure they are covered.
If you need any assistance applying for these finance options, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’re only too happy to help (even if it’s just lending a hand filling out the forms).