An approved assessor will test your hearing.
Depending on the results, they may recommend hearing aids to improve your hearing.
If hearing aids aren’t recommended or you decide not to have them, you could see a hearing therapist for free advice on how to manage your hearing loss (phone 0800 008 011 or visit Life Unlimited(external link) for more information).
Selection of hearing aids
Your approved assessor will advise you on the types of hearing aids that will best meet your needs and give you a written quote. Hearing aids come in a range of styles to suit different needs and situations.
Application for funding
If you’re eligible for hearing aids, your approved assessor will apply to the Ministry of Health for you.
Fitting of hearing aids
After your approved assessor receives approval for you to try hearing aids, they will fit and programme them for you. They will also show you how to take care of them.
You will be able to try out the hearings aids to see if they work for you. The standard trial period is 6–8 weeks. If you have any problems, let your approved assessor know and they can adjust them for you. If they still don’t work for you, you can return them during the trial period and try a different model.
After trialing the hearing aids, you can discuss with your approved assessor whether you want to go ahead with them. If so, they will arrange for the Ministry of Health to pay for the hearing aids.