Overcome isolation today. Say I’m Hear For You.
Isolation is a serious issue that has far-reaching impacts on health and wellbeing.
It is an all too common experience for New Zealanders who live in a hearing world with hearing loss, and has been exacerbated by COVID-19 restrictions.
The good news is you can help. We are sending out care packages to help the most vulnerable members of our community.
Together, we can tackle 'the epidemic of isolation' faced by the Deaf and hard of hearing. Now is the time to reach out and say I'm hear for you.
“I 100% rely on seeing a person’s face and lips…with everyone wearing masks, it’s almost impossible for me to be able to fill the gaps in conversations.”- Kirsty
“I depend mostly on having my hearing dog, plus lip reading. No allowance is made for people like me. Just trying to contact someone is nearly Impossible.” - Caroline
Isolation has far-reaching impacts on wellbeing.
Isolation is a serious issue that has far-reaching impacts on health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, it is an all too common experience for New Zealanders who live in a hearing world with hearing loss.
The New Zealand Trak Report 2018 revealed that 90% of New Zealanders with hearing loss experience feelings of anxiety, isolation, fatigue, and hopelessness. Furthermore, 29% think that their hearing loss could be linked to depression.
It’s already hard for those who are Deaf or hard of hearing, and due to ongoing disruptions stemming from this pandemic, it is only going to get harder. Now more than ever, we need to reach out and say I’m hear for you during these uncertain and challenging times.
The good news is, you can
Even small gestures can make a significant difference. We want to encourage you to check in with anyone who is Deaf or hard of hearing in your community and let them know you’re there for them.
You can also help our team to jump-start the process of combating isolation by donating $15 to send out care packages to those who need them.
A donation of $25 will also help to support our community outreach programmes, including, our helpline and online New Zealand Sign Language taster classes. These have been an important way for hundreds in our community to connect during COVID-19 restrictions.
Support the Hearing Aid Fund
Hearing aids can have a hugely beneficial impact on being able to connect meaningfully with others. Unfortunately, many who need them cannot afford them.
With a generous gift of $50, you can help to change this by contributing to our Hearing Aid Fund, which supports individuals who are facing financial hardship to purchase new hearing aids.
“As an early childhood education teacher, I need aids to be able communicate effectively with children, whānau and my peers. I am currently paying my aids off, as I couldn’t afford them outright.”
“My son was born single sided deaf. He got a hearing aid fitted when he was 7. He’s almost 21 now. We’ve been trying to get him a new one for about five years...” - Esther
"Now is the time to reach out and say I'm hear for you."
Together, we can tackle ‘the epidemic of isolation’ faced by the Deaf and hard of hearing.
NFDHH does not receive government funding, our work is made possible thanks to our supporters’ generosity.
With your help, we can reach out to the most vulnerable in our community and let them know they are not alone.