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CapTel decision 'pulls the rug out' for hearing-impaired Kiwis
Lily McManus Our Youth Ambassador
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Our work in schools


Lobbying for mandatory hearing screening in secondary schools

NFDHH's pilot study shows of screening nearly 500 year nine students, it found a third suffered from ringing in their ears. Listen here.

Phones blamed for rise in teen hearing loss

The pilot study showed one in three of the students had an abnormal result, meaning they have mild to severe hearing loss. Listen here.

'Frightening' figures show youths are making themselves deaf with loud music

Figures released show 34 percent of pupils studied had abnormal hearing. Find the video and article here.


Transforming workplaces

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.

Raising awareness


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.



Deaf woman says people on bus given no support after crash

A woman who is profoundly deaf says a bus driver failed to offer her and other passengers support after a crash left people with cuts.  Watch video and 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.

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.

Bachelorette star Lily McManus breaks down stigma around hearing aids

"There's a massive stigma around hearing aids — they're more considered an old person's problem," she said. Read more.


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