Public Health Framework Launch
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New Zealand is fast approaching one million people living with a disabling hearing loss and this is expected to double in the next 30 years. Left unchecked, hearing loss will have a far-reaching impact on our national economy and our society.

On World Hearing Day, 3rd of March 2022, NFDHH, in collaboration with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing sector, will launch a Public Health Framework (PHF) at Parliament. You can follow us on the day for live social media updates.

Key Objectives of a Public Health Programme in New Zealand.

The World Health Organization has outlined seven areas that we must focus on to address the hearing health crisis we are facing. NFDHH and members of the Deaf and hard of hearing sector are seeking to work with the New Zealand Government to deliver the following outcomes.

  • Hearing Screening and Intervention

Objective: To ensure the timely detection of and interventions for hearing loss in those most at risk.

  • Ear Disease Prevention and Management

Objective: To prevent and treat ear diseases at the earliest possible stage to avoid associated hearing loss and other complications.

  • Greater Community Engagement

Objective: To change behaviours and attitudes towards hearing loss and its causes.

  • Rehabilitation Services

Objective: To optimise functioning in people with hearing loss through auditory and communication rehabilitation services.

  • Improved Communication

Objective: To facilitate participation in all activities relevant to people with hearing loss.

  • Rehabilitation Services

Objective: To optimise functioning in people with hearing loss through auditory and communication rehabilitation services.

  • Noise Reduction

Objective: To ensure that no individual faces the risk of hearing loss due to loud sounds.

  • Access to Technologies

Objective: To improve access to hearing aids, cochlear implants or hearing assistive technologies and related services to all those in need.

By 2050, if the current trends persist, one out of every four people may have some degree of hearing loss.

NFDHH is working alongside the hearing health sector to set out a Public Health Framework to address this crisis.

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Learn more about the World Report on Hearing. 

The World Report on Hearing is the first report to provide comprehensive data on the impact of hearing loss on a global scale. It outlines cost effective public health solutions and directions to policymakers on how to address the burgeoning hearing health crisis.

Read the World Health Organization’s World Report on Hearing.

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