Hearing Health Education

A major factor in youth hearing loss is ongoing exposure to loud noises, such as listening to personal devices on headphones too loudly and for too long. 


Noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible and completely preventable. To ensure young people are aware of the risks, we have developed the Make Listening Safe Programme that focuses on educating young people about noise-induced hearing loss and how to protect their precious hearing.  


If you would like to receive information about this programme, please register your interest here. and if you want to support our programme please donate here.

NFDHH Youth Ambassador

Lily McManus 

has a message for Kiwi kids

We believe that experience of hearing loss should be visible and understood in New Zealand.

We believe that everyone with a hearing loss should have access to communications technologies, tools and services that enable them to communicate and connect with others.

We believe no one should be at risk of losing their hearing due to noise exposure or other preventable causes, and that every New Zealander should know the risks.

Make Listening Safe

What happens when kids listen to music for too long and too loudly?

It can help to think of the hair cells in your ears being like a fresh patch of grass and loud music being like a group of people trampling on the grass. 


Before anyone walks on the grass, the blades stand up right and tall. But, as people continue to walk on the grass the blades become flattened. If people stop walking on the grass, after a few days, some blades of grass might pop back up and stand straight again. 


But, if people continue to trample over the same patch of grass, the grass begins to die, and the damage becomes permanent.

What does having a weekly sound allowance mean? 

Think of your weekly sound allowance like a 20-litre bucket of water.


You can fill it up slowly over the week with just a couple of litres each day. Or you can fill it up with 20 litres all in one go.


Filling the bucket up all in one go is like listening to music on max volume. This means you’ll use up all your weekly sound allowance very quickly.

That's why it's important to monitor how loudly and for how long you listen every week.

Are you listening within the safe sound allowance?

Did you know our ears have a weekly listening allowance?


If we want to keep our hearing for life, it’s so important to keep your listening within the weekly sound allowance.


Use the table below to gauge how well you are staying within your weekly allowance.

You can also download the poster here.

How to keep your ears safe

Test your hearing online for free

The more we know about our hearing health the better we can look after our hearing in the future. That’s why it’s a good idea to regularly monitor any changes. Take a hearing test here.

How to insert earplugs?

Roll the ear plug with clean hands into as narrow a tube as you can. Reach over your head with your free hand and pull you ear gently up and slightly out to help open up the ear canal. Insert the rolled up earplug with a slight turning motion until it is well inside your ear canal. The instructional video is here.

Puro Sounds Headphones

Capped at 85 decibels, Puro Sound headphones keep you within your safe listening allowance, so you won’t damage your ears! Find out more.

Top 8 Tips for Looking After Hearing for Life

Download our brochure here for more tips on looking after your hearing. 

Find out more about how we help.

Address: Level 1, 149-155 Parnell Road,

Parnell, Auckland, 1152

PO Box 37729 Parnell, Auckland 1151, New Zealand

Phone: 09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446 

Email: enquiries@nfd.org.nz

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