Standing together against COVID-19
During these challenging and uncertain times, the Deaf and hard of hearing community are among some of the most vulnerable and isolated, particularly our elderly members.
In the coming months, the wellbeing of our community is our top priority and our team is working tirelessly to maintain contact and to let people know they’re not alone. This includes making personal calls or emails to check in and see how people are coping during isolation. We’re also running a community group online, for members to connect with each other socially. Here, they can participate in fun activities, such as learning NZSL online and share with the group any challenges they’re facing.
As part of our efforts to support our community’s wellbeing, we also have created a series of support packs. These include important health and wellbeing information, as well as Deaf and Hearing Loss aware communication cue cards and tools to assist our members during the COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to build resources for our support packs over the coming weeks to aid our community and to help build resilience.
Here you’ll find important health information such as, the government’s Healthline and how to register for the TXT111 emergency services. There are also visual cue cards you can download to assist with communication in the home and with health care practitioners. Information on how to access hearing aid services and practical tips for managing your bubble during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here you’ll find tips for looking after your wellbeing and how to cope with being home in isolation. There are a range of activities and ‘stay-cation’ calendars we have put together to bring a bit of fun into your home. We know that now more than ever it’s important to stay connected socially and to keep learning. That's why we’ve also provided tips on making the most of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing features offered by video chat apps and we’ll be offering weekly classes in NZSL online.
Kids in Quarantine – Safe Listening
A major focus for NFDHH is raising awareness for youth hearing loss and the risks of preventable hearing loss caused by ongoing exposure to noise.
Sadly, kids don’t know they’re permanently damaging their hearing until it’s too late. During this lockdown period, many kids are spending more, not less, time on their personal devices. This means they could be at risk of doing long term damage to their hearing.
Our Safe Listening Pack aims to educate kids about the risks of noise-induced hearing loss, provide a range of ideas for screen-free activities, as well as a free online hearing test that kids can take to monitor and be more aware of their hearing.
Join our community online
It's an important time to be connected.
Connecting with your community is an incredibly powerful way to beat isolation at this time.
Join our online community today.
Request a call from our team
We’re here to help. If you're feeling isolated or need support, our team is available to talk.
Sometimes, having someone to chat with can make a huge difference during this time of isolation.
Why not request a call or email from the team today?