We are facing a national crisis!


You may be aware that hearing loss impacts around 1 in 6 Kiwis of all ages. However, you may not be aware of the degree to which preventable hearing loss is on the rise globally or that New Zealand appears to be mirroring this alarming trend. Left unchecked, this escalation of debilitating hearing loss will have devastating impacts on education, unemployment, and mental health for hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders.

The time to act is now!

To combat this hearing health crisis NFDHH is launched a Public Health Programme at Parliament on World Hearing Day, March the 3rd.


This crisis can be stopped.


We need your help to keep the pressure on the Government and ensure appropriate steps are taken to avoid further harm. A donation of $35 will help us to deliver a public health programme to effectively combat New Zealand’s urgent hearing health situation.

Hearing loss prevention through nationwide education

Sadly, many people don’t realise they have damaged their hearing until it’s too late. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. This education programme will highlight the risks of noise-induced hearing loss, the signs of hearing loss, and how to protect hearing health for life.

Expanding our adolescent hearing screening pilot programme

For the past three years, NFDHH has piloted a screening programme at selected secondary schools. Our initial results indicate that the number of youths with hearing loss in New Zealand may closely align with the global statistic of 1 in 5. Adolescent hearing health checks are of utmost importance to ensure young Kiwis receive a timely diagnosis and support as they start their secondary education.

Piloting an adult (45-55 years) hearing screening programme

Adult screenings are essential for ensuring better cognitive and mental health outcomes in later life. An early diagnosis of hearing loss and its treatment has been shown to reduce the risks of dementia, isolation, and social anxiety.

Hearing Care for All

Access to support, hearing health care, and technologies are a major focus for our public health programme. We are calling for increased funding and accessibility policies to reduce the inequalities faced by New Zealand’s Deaf and hard of hearing community.

Be part of a national hearing health legacy.

Today, the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Programme and the B4 School Check are essential hearing health checkpoints for young New Zealanders. Thanks to these screening programmes babies and preschoolers are diagnosed and treated early to minimise the impact of hearing loss on their development.


Our public health programme focuses on providing hearing healthcare throughout the course of one’s life. Universal hearing checks at key points will help to promote better health outcomes for thousands of New Zealanders who are currently slipping through the gaps.


NFDHH and the hearing sector are pushing the government in a collaborative effort to drive systematic change. The changes we are calling for are based upon global evidence set out in WHO’s World Report on Hearing (also being launched on the 3rd of March). This report sets out the urgent and dire need around the world to prioritise hearing health at a national policy level, and could not have come at a better time.


Another catalyst for change has been NFDHH’s own work in secondary schools and workplaces, which have continued to highlight rising national rates of hearing loss that mirror the devastating global trends.


With your help we can avert this crisis. Can you support our legacy work by donating $35 today? There is a lot to do! 2021 will be our most impactful year yet.


NFDHH are dedicated to change-making at a national level and, with your support, we look forward to creating better hearing health futures for generations to come.

Find out more about how we help.

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Parnell, Auckland, 1152

PO Box 37729 Parnell, Auckland 1151, New Zealand

Phone: 09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446 

Email: enquiries@nfd.org.nz

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