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In 2016, The National Foundation for the Deaf (the Foundation), in partnership with the wider hard of hearing and Deaf community, commissioned Deloittes Access Economics (Australia) to produce a report on the economic impact of hearing loss in New Zealand.
“The purpose of this research has been to draw back the curtain on the economic cost of hearing loss in our country which has never been done before” says Professor Peter Thorne, Foundation President.
A snapshot of the “Listen Hear! New Zealand” report key findings shows that:

  • hearing loss is a significant issue facing the New Zealand population” as 880,350 people in New Zealand now live with some type of hearing loss, representing 18.9% of the population

  • the health sector costs is estimated at $131.8 million

  • the total loss of tax revenue is estimated to be $254.6 million

  • hearing loss cost the New Zealand economy $957.3 million

  • the net value of lost well-being and social impact is estimated at $3.9 billion

  • total cost of hearing loss is estimated at $4.9 billion

Consultations were held with sector-wide consumer, academic, industry and professional, representatives. To download the full copy of the report, please click the button below.

Make Listening Safe

To ensure young people are aware of the risks, we have developed the Make Listening Safe Programme that focuses on educating young people about noise-induced hearing loss and how to protect their precious hearing.  

Listen Up Conference

The Listen Up 2019 Conference was held on the 2nd of October at SkyCity in Auckland in order raise awareness about youth hearing loss, and to discuss inclusivity and hearing loss in the workplace.

School Screenings

Making a bequest is one of the most valuable contributions you can make to our work. Your gift will continue giving beyond your own lifetime, working to ensure New Zealanders with hearing loss are supported. 

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