The Hearing Association exists to help people with any form of hearing problem. We are a volunteer organisation and receive no government funding.
We began as the League for The Hard of Hearing in 1932. We changed our name to the Hearing Association in 1976.
We have 36 branches spread throughout New Zealand. Each branch is a separate incorporated society, with branch members selecting the officers. This enables us to operate at low cost.
Branches offer one-to-one support for local people with hearing problems, members and non-members alike, both socially and in the workplace.
We offer free hearing tests in conjunction with LIFE Unlimited. Many of LIFE’s trained hearing therapists work from our branch premises.
The Hearing Association does not fit hearing aids, as this needs to be done by qualified professionals. But we do provide a full range of other assistive devices.
We also run public education in the prevention of hearing loss.
We encourage all hearing impaired people to become members of the association. Many people refer to hearing impairment as the "invisible disability”. It is estimated there are 700,000 people in New Zealand with hearing problems in one form or another. So if they all joined we would have a huge membership. And there’s power in numbers!