Screening in Schools


Our world is noisier than ever, and our children simply aren’t aware of the risks. Just listening to headphones for more than six minutes at maximum volume can begin to cause permanent damage to a child’s hearing. Tragically, damage caused by ongoing exposure to noise is irreversible and permanent.

Our recent screening results in New Zealand schools reveal that we could be mirroring the global trend of 1 in 5 young people now living with disabling hearing loss, and this number is steadily rising. Urgent intervention is required to reach at-risk Kiwi kids.

Even a mild hearing loss can have life-long impacts on education, social wellbeing and mental health. NFDHH’s Hearing Screening Programme is essential for ensuring the early signs of hearing loss are picked up as young people start their secondary school education. We also provide information on how to Make Listening Safe to ensure they understand the risks and know how to look after their fragile hearing for life.
If you would like to know more about NFDHH’s Hearing Screening Programme, please click the button below and complete our enquiry form.

Help us to combat preventable hearing loss.

In 2020, we screened almost 1,000 Year 9 students in 8 schools across the country.
Our goal for 2021 is to bring our programme to 20 schools nationwide, but we can’t do it alone.

With your help, young people’s hearing loss will no-longer go undiagnosed and untreated. Furthermore, children and their families will be more aware of the importance of being vigilant against preventable hearing loss.

There are still more schools we need to go to. Today we’re asking you to support the Hearing Screening and Make Listening Safe Programme in New Zealand secondary schools. By donating to our work in schools, you’ll be helping to change the lives of young New Zealanders and inspire more young people to value their hearing. 

Where we've screened so far.

Listen Up New Zealand Report

The Listen Up New Zealand Report is a pilot study that outlines the findings from NFDHH's initial Hearing Screenings at three New Zealand secondary schools in 2019.  
•    479 year 9 students had their hearing screened.
•    161 had an abnormal hearing result, (that’s one in three!). 
NFDHH also collected data on the student’s listening habits. Most worryingly, many students were listening to personal devices at harmful levels. 76 students reported listening to music at maximum volumes on their headphones (100-115 decibels) for over an hour every day. The World Health Organisation recommends capping listening to 1.5 minutes or less at this volume.

Learn More About Hearing Loss in New Zealand Schools

Click below to watch Seven Sharp and News Hub's coverage of our hearing screenings in secondary schools. 

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Phone: 09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446 

Email: enquiries@nfd.org.nz

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