1 Jul 2014

ACC doubles support over hearing aids

4:11 pm on 1 July 2014

The Accident Compensation Corporation is doubling its support for hearing aid clients.

Judith Collins.

Judith Collins. Photo: RNZ

From Monday, ACC will significantly increase its contributions to the cost and repair of hearing loss devices and introduce new funding for ear moulds.

ACC Minister Judith Collins said it should encourage greater competition in the hearing aid market.

"ACC will now pay separately for the hearing consultation which means that clients will be able to shop around for the best price in hearing aids, rather than having to buy where they had the initial test. It's important that clients have the option to look for the best price and service."

Ms Collins said ACC and the Ministry of Health have worked closely with the hearing sector on the funding changes.