With Your Help, We Can Combat This National Crisis.
Today, our young peoples’ hearing is in peril in ways that previous generations could never have imagined. One of the main culprits is noise. Unfortunately, recreational noise is everywhere and young people are not aware they are permanently damaging their hearing until it’s too late. Globally, preventable hearing loss is at a record high, with levels of disabling hearing loss among young people (aged 35 and under) increasing by 30% since the 1990s
Here in New Zealand, our hearing screening programme in schools recently revealed alarming results at the last four schools we visited, with 25% of students being identified as having an abnormal result. These results truly bring home the gravity of the crisis we are facing in 2021.
With your help, we can deliver a Public Health Programme that will tackle this crisis
Since our last update in March, we have launched our campaign for a Public Health Programme and have continued to pilot our hearing screening and hearing health education programmes in schools and workplaces to address this crisis. None of this would be possible without the support of our amazing donor community. Future generations can enjoy good hearing throughout their lives. But this can only be achieved through prevention and education, early diagnosis, hearing healthcare and rehabilitation. With your help, we can work towards delivering these outcomes. Would you consider donating $35 today?
Taking action at Parliament.
On World Hearing Day, we signalled our intention to the Government for a collaborative Public Health Programme at the launch of the World Report on Hearing, co-hosted by Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Health, Andrew Little. With more than one billion young people at risk of preventable hearing loss globally, the World Report on Hearing highlights the urgency of the hearing health crisis we are facing. WHO’s Dr Shelly Chadha, presented the report at the launch and illustrated the grave need for universal hearing healthcare within national health plans, because the cost of doing nothing is one we cannot afford. We have since been busy at Parliament, meeting with Minister for Children, Kelvin Davis, Minister for Whānau Ora, Peeni Henare and Hon. Camel Sepuloni to continue to promote the key objectives of the Public Health Programme.
Timely diagnosis and prevention.
At the end of May, we will have screened the hearing of around 1,000 Year 9 students across 8 secondary schools. Students also receive a Make Listening Safe educational pack, that teaches them how to listen to music safely. Also by the end of May, we will have run hearing health and Deaf Awareness workshops at 9 workplaces. All workshops include hearing screenings as part of the service. In many organisations, we have seen a 50% referral rate. These results are worrying, and further indicate the necessity for national screening at key life stages.
The cost of doing nothing is one we cannot afford.
Hearing loss is not just a ‘medical condition,’ it has far-reaching and lifelong impacts on a person’s emotional wellbeing, education, employment, and long-term health outcomes. We cannot afford to let these devastating levels of preventable hearing loss continue to rise in New Zealand. With your support, we can ensure more Kiwis know how to protect their hearing and that those with hearing loss can receive the diagnosis and care they need. Would you consider donating $35 today? Without our pilot screening programme in secondary schools, young people like Sarah’s son would have continued their schooling with an undiagnosed hearing loss. “I for one am so grateful for your programme. My son is in Year 9 this year and recently took part. We found out he has loss of hearing in one ear (which we knew nothing about!). He has been to Triton and we are now waiting on a specialist for a possible hearing aid. Had your programme not have been happening we would have had no idea, he thought it was normal.” Sarah - Auckland.
We can’t afford to leave this crisis unchecked.
In the words of the World Health Organization’s Dr Shelly Chadha, “We have to, we can, and we must act.” With your help, we can prevent, diagnose and address preventable hearing loss and combat this crisis.
Together, we can tackle the hearing health crisis.
By giving today, you will be supporting a legacy Public Health Programme that focuses on addressing this crisis. NFDHH does not receive government funding, our work is made possible thanks to our supporters’ generosity
Your gift of $35, will help enable us to campaign for a Public Health Programme that will combat preventable hearing loss in New Zealand.
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