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

That's why we are working hard to raise awareness for the everyday experiences of Deaf and hard of hearing Kiwis.

All of our events focus on creating a more inclusive and accessible society that recognises the needs of our Deaf and hard of hearing community.

World Hearing Day

World Hearing Day is celebrated annually on the 3rd March to raise awareness of preventable hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care around the world.

The World Health Organization’s theme for World Hearing Day 2023 is: Ear and hearing care for all!

We will be supporting WHO to highlight the importance of integrating ear and hearing care within primary care, as an essential component of universal health coverage.

This day also marks the launch of WHO’s new training manual - Primary ear and hearing care training manual for health workers and general practitioners. This essential manual will be accompanied with trainer’s handbook and other community resources.

Find out more here.

Hearing Awareness Month

Hearing Awareness Month is all about putting a spotlight on hearing health and raising awareness for the experiences of the 880,000+ New Zealanders who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Every year organisations around New Zealand come together in March to celebrate Hearing Awareness Month. Kicking off with World Hearing Day on the 3rd of March, there are plenty of ways you can get involved.


Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram to receive the latest updates on Hearing Awareness Month 2023.

Check our awareness events and activities for March 2023 below.

Access Denied: Creating Hearing Enabled Workplaces

Our Listen Up Conference 2023 shines a light on accessibility for your Deaf or hard of hearing employees and customers.


With one in six New Zealanders living with hearing loss - Deaf access is not optional. 


What is the cost of denying access through a lack of accommodation? What are the accessibility strategies you can put in place in your workplace to enable and empower?


Join us on World Hearing Day (March 3rd) to discover how to transform your workplace into a hearing enabled one.

Listen Up 2023

Proudly sponsored by Auckland Transport, our Venue Partner, and Triton Hearing, our Hearing Accredited Partner.


Celebrating New Zealand Sign Language!

Each year we come together in May to celebrate New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)! As one of New Zealand's two official languages through the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006, we want to recognise and raise awareness for this beautiful language. 


As more New Zealanders learn to sign, the more accessible and inclusive our society will become.

In 2022, the theme of New Zealand Sign Language Week was "Essential". NZSL is essential for Deaf people in education, health, workplaces, and to be able to participate equally in society.

To find out more about NZSL Week 2023, head to

Take 30

Join the Challenge!

We are inviting you to step into the shoes of someone with hearing loss for 30 minutes.


It’s a chance for everyone to learn new skills, and to become more aware of the barriers people who are Deaf or hard of hearing may face in everyday conversations, and how to overcome them.

Gather your workmates or a group of friends for a morning tea or lunch, and begin the Take 30 challenge. We provide everything you need to run the event, just bring the people and the cupcakes! 

Ear and hearing care for all!

Let’s make it a reality.

#worldhearingday #hearingcare

  • Ear and hearing problems are among the most common problems encountered in the community.

  • Over 60% of these can be identified and addressed at the primary level of care.

  • Integration of ear and hearing care into primary care services is possible through training and capacity building at this level.

  • Such integration will benefit people and help countries move towards the goal of universal health coverage.

Join us


This event is your opportunity to explore new and empowering strategies that help to create hearing enabled workplaces.


Whether you are looking for ways to enhance accessibility in your organisation or are Deaf or hard of hearing and wanting to connect with the community, Listen Up 2023 promises to be an educational and inspirational day.

What is included?

  • Back by popular demand, Hillary Barry will be our conference MC for the day.

  • Hear from a panel of exceptional speakers who have walked the walk and have embraced their hearing loss to reach their full potential.​

  • Learn from industry leaders, like Auckland Transport, who are transforming their services and workplace environments into ones that support employees and customers who are Deaf and hard of hearing.​

  • An interactive 20-minute New Zealand Sign Language workshop provided by a qualified NZSL trainer.​

  • Free hearing screenings.

Check out Team NFDHH and friends giving the challenge a go! 


For some of us, it's our first time signing! Awesome work!

1) Film yourself signing about your pet.

2) Post it to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag: #NZSLChallenge


Don't forget to tag us or email your video to:

Start learning NZSL today!

Go to to find more signs

Hearing loss can significantly impact someone's life 24/7


Take 30 to gain insights into some of the everyday challenges they face.

If you require any assistance, please get in touch:

Apply for a grant or scholarship this March

Are you seeking a scholarship to further your education?

Are you organising an inspiring community event?

Or do you require financial support to purchase new hearing aids?

This Hearing Awareness Month, we are offering five grants that are open to New Zealanders who are Deaf or hard of hearing and hearing able people working in the Deaf and hearing sector.

Learn more here.

Listen Up Conference

The theme for our 2023 Conference is:

Access Denied - Creating Hearing Enabled Workplaces.

With one in six New Zealanders living with hearing loss - deaf access is not optional. Listen Up 2023 aims to empower attendees to address hearing loss and accessibility in their workplace, and to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about Deaf culture and New Zealand Sign Language.

From inspired stories to interactive workshop activities, the event will offer a range of practical examples and tools to help transform workplaces into environments that enable rather than disable.

Hearing Screening

This March, we’ll be busy screening hearing at schools and in workplaces as part of our efforts to ensure Kiwis receive the hearing healthcare they need and are aware of the importance of looking after their hearing.

Learn more about our Hearing Screening Programme in schools here

Learn more about our Hearing Screening Programme in work and hearing health workshops here

Check your hearing this March, with Triton Hearing’s Big Hearing Check.

Every online test completed in the month of March raises $1. All the proceeds go towards our Hearing Screening Programme in secondary schools.

Check your hearing here.

Awareness Workshops

Book an Awareness Workshop for your organisation this Hearing Awareness Month to help raise awareness for the 1 in 6 Kiwis who are Deaf or hard of hearing. These workshops provide opportunities to learn some basic NZSL, gain new insights into some of the experiences of being Deaf or hard of hearing and provide practical solutions to support employees and customers with hearing loss.

We have 6 workshops to choose from.

Learn more here

Community Stories

We’ll be sharing stories from our community throughout March. Hear from Kiwis of all ages who are going through their own hearing loss journey.

We’ll also share stories from innovative “Hearoes”, Kiwis who are making a difference for the Deaf and hard of hearing community by breaking down barriers and creating some amazing accessiblity solutions.

Learn more here.

Take part in an NZSL challenge

As one of New Zealand's two official languages, we want to recognise and raise awareness for this beautiful language.


Throughout the month of March, you’ll have the opportunity to join in and have fun with our NZSL challenges. We’ll also be sharing a range of helpful educational resources you can access to advance your learning.


Subscribe to our mailing list to receive the latest updates about our NZSL challenges.