Young people are paying a high price for our modern noisy lifestyles. Since the 1990’s there has been a 30% increase in youth hearing loss. A major reason for this alarming increase has been attributed to prolonged listening to personal devices on headphones. 


Sadly, many young people aren’t aware of the risks and don’t know that they are permanently damaging their hearing. That’s why we need to act now. The World Health Organisation has revealed that 1.1 billion people worldwide are at risk of losing their hearing due to unsafe use of headphones. 

Hearing Loss can have a huge impact on a young person's social life and education.
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Tracking Youth Hearing Loss in

New Zealand

In 2019, NFDHH provided hearing screenings to 479 year 9 students, from three New Zealand high schools. From this initial intake, 161 were found to have an abnormal hearing result, that’s one in three! (See the full report below). 


Even more concerning, was the data we collected about the student’s listening habits. As many as 68 students reported listening to music at maximum volume on their headphones (up to 136 decibels) for over an hour everyday. To give you an idea of how this might be impact their hearing health - the World Health Organisation recommends listening to 100 decibels for no more than 15 minutes a day. 


Early intervention is the best way to ensure that a hearing loss doesn't hold a student back in their schooling. Hearing Screenings are important tool for identifying the most at-risk students sooner, so they can access support and hearing healthcare. To learn more about our Hearing Screening Programme in secondary schools click the button below.

Lily McManus: 


"If I Could Give You Only

One Piece of Advice..."

Globally, 1 in 5 young people lives with disabling hearing loss. 


Lily McManus, Youth Ambassador for the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of 14. 


In this video, left, she shares her experiences and thoughts on what helped her to accept her hearing loss and how to make listening safe.

We ran for #1in5

Levels of hearing loss in New Zealand are on the rise, but sadly, many Kiwi kids don't know they're losing their hearing until it's too late. That is why we ran on the 8th of March at Round the Bays to raise awareness for the 1 in 5 young people around the world who have hearing loss. 

Piot Study Results

The Listen Up New Zealand 2019 report outlines the results from our initial Hearing Screenings of 479 year 9 students from three secondary schools.  You can access the full report below. Our Youth Hearing Screening Programme will continue to monitor the prevalence of youth hearing loss throughout 2020.

What WHO Says

Around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss, and 34 million of these are children and 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes. Most worryingly, 1.1 billion young people (aged between 12–35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings. 

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