Hearing therapists assist people to manage the impact of hearing loss.
Hearing Therapists Association of New Zealand (Inc) (HTANZ) is the professional organisation through which hearing therapists can be represented and the profession of Hearing Therapy be developed.
Hearing therapists carry out a communication needs assessment to help a person to identify where their hearing loss is causing the most impact.
They work with a person (and their family/whanau) to find new strategies to cope and manage in their everyday lives - at work, at home and socially.
This may include:
Assistance to build communication skills:
A hearing test and onward referral if this is indicated (at the person's request)
Learning to get the best out of hearing aids or cochlear implants
Demonstration of assistive devices - amplified phones, headsets for TV, visual/vibrating alerts for doorbells, baby monitor, smoke alarms etc.
Providing information on:
It's never too early - or too late - to see a hearing therapist. You will be provided with free, independent, confidential advice and support.
Hearing therapists who are Accredited Assessors for Hearing Assistive Technology, funded by the Ministry of Health, or who work with ACC clients, are required to be members of HTANZ.
They must work within the HTANZ Scope of Practice, are bound by a Code of Ethics and must fulfil continuing education requirements.
The Ministry of Health currently funds a FREE Aural Rehabilitation Service (Hearing Therapy) for anyone 16 years and over, who is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. LIFE Unlimited currently holds the contract for this service and employs hearing therapists throughout New Zealand.
You can find a Hearing Therapist near you on the LIFE Unlimited website.
People may refer themselves or may be referred by other services, including their doctor, audiologist or Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist.
Hearing therapists will provide a comprehensive report of their findings or onward referral to a health service in consultation with the person.
Hearing Therapists who work in New Zealand gain a National Diploma in Hearing Therapy (Level 5) or hold a recognised overseas equivalent qualification.
To become a Full Member and be entitled to identify themselves as a Member of HTANZ (MHTANZ), hearing therapists must hold a National Diploma in Hearing Therapy (Level 5) or overseas equivalent recognised by HTANZ. They must meet requirements regarding post qualification experience and professional development.
Others within the Hearing Health Care Industry who have a direct involvement with hearing therapy, such as audiology or audiometry, may have the opportunity to become Associate Members.
The next Annual General Meeting will be held during the week beginning 11 March 2013. For more information please visit the HTANZ website.
Hearing Therapists Association of New Zealand (Inc)