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Deaf Foundation blames earbuds, phones for teens' hearing loss
The foundation said 34 percent of 479 Year 9 students it screened at three secondary schools this year showed signs of hearing loss. Read more.
Pilot screening programme finds one in three Kiwi teens suffers from hearing loss
"This really is becoming a public health issue, and as a nation we need to address youth hearing loss immediately," says Natasha Gallardo, NFDHH chief executive. Read more.
Headphones and smartphones causing alarming rates of hearing loss in New Zealand kids
Some are even complaining of constant ringing in their ears, so bad it keeps them awake at night. Watch the video and read the story.
'Generation Deaf': How NZ's 'alarming' habits are ruining our hearing
A pilot programme has just been launched by NFDHH to understand the growing increase in hearing loss in children in NZ.
There are 300,000+ New Zealanders who are Deaf and hard of hearing and working age. NFDHH is working hard to ensure that workplaces are more inclusive of their Deaf and hard of hearing employers.
Sky announces community groups selected for its Community Advertising airtime offer
Sky has announced the community groups selected to receive airtime through its Community Advertising initiative. In response to Covid-19, NFDHH has launched its #ImHearForYou campaign and has extended its services to provide much needed support to those in the Deaf and hard of hearing community who are vulnerable and isolated. Download article.
Captions On Please
New Zealand Web Accessibility & Closed Captioning
Every New Zealander deserves equal access to media content. There are over 800,000 Kiwis living with hearing loss, or 1 out of 6 people, who don’t have adequate and consistent access to news. Read more.
Petition launched to ensure all TV programmes are captioned in NZ
Funded captions are provided on some Kiwi shows and evening news programmes are captioned. But major sporting events such as Super Rugby on Sky TV are not. Read more.
‘Please don’t overlook our needs amid pandemic’ in Gisborne Herald
The organisation has teamed up with Deaf Aotearoa to urgently lobby the Government to ensure inclusion of the deaf and hard of hearing communities in its approach to Covid-19. Gisborne Herald. 18/08/2020. Page 17. Download article.
Plea from Deaf community
NFDHH is concerned people with hearing loss are being discriminated against and their needs overlooked in the Government's response to the Covid-19
pandemic. Otago Daily Times. 17/08/2020 page 4. Download article.
Hearing loss communities: 'We are still asking to be listened to'
Gallardo acknowledged the government's recommendation to use face masks was imperative to help stop the spread of the virus, but she believed it presented a major communication barrier for the people who relied on lip reading for communication. Read more.
WARNING: Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Discriminated Against In Latest Pandemic Rules
“Many of the hard of hearing community are becoming more anxious when confronted by someone wearing a mask, or watching news reports and not knowing what is happening. .”Read more.
'Deaf and hard of hearing discriminated against in latest pandemic rules'
The hundreds of thousands of people with hearing loss are being discriminated and their needs overlooked in the latest government guidelines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more.
How the New Pandemic Rules Impact the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Everyone wears masks or face coverings when in public. However, there are hundreds of thousands of people with hearing loss that struggle to communicate without being able to lip read. Listen here.
Covid-19 amplifies struggles of deaf and hard of hearing
Anna who is hard of hearing, said people who wore face masks at supermarkets and pharmacies meant she could no longer lip-read, and voices were muffled. Read more.
Speaking up about hearing loss
NFDHH ambassador Lily McManus
Our youth ambassador Lily McManus talks about her hearing-loss journey to raise awareness and encourage others to seek help before it impacts their mental health.