Hearing Awareness Month is a great time to Take 30 for Hearing Loss.
Hearing loss can significantly impact someone's life 24/7. In March 2021, we are inviting you to step into the shoes of someone with hearing loss for 30 minutes. It’s a chance for everyone to learn new skills, and to become more aware of the barriers people who are Deaf or hard of hearing may face in everyday conversations, and how to overcome them.
Gather your workmates or a group of friends for a morning tea or lunch, and begin the Take 30 challenge. We provide everything you need to run the event, just bring the people and the cupcakes!
Order your Take 30 pack today, or scroll down to the bottom of the page to download and print a pack.
Your Take 30 Pack Includes:
• The Take 30 Activity booklet
• Earplugs for participants to wear
• Lip Reading Cue Cards
• NZSL Finger Spelling Cue Cards
• Information about Hearing Loss
• A Take 30 Poster to display
• A fundraising deposit slip.
Learn to Finger Spell in NZSL
NZSL is one of three official languages in New Zealand.
Fingerspelling is a part of NZSL, and learning the alphabet is easy - it can be mastered in around ten minutes.
Learn by following the video below, courtesy of the New Zealand Sign Language Dictionary, http://nzsl.nz.
About Lip Reading
Lipreading is a difficult skill to learn. Even people who are good at it have to guess a lot of what is being said. This is because only about 30% of lip patterns are recognisable.
Context is very important. Make sure the person lipreading you has understood the topic you’re talking about - as lipreading can lead to many possible 'readings,’ as you’ll see in the humorous video from BadLipReading.com below.
Introduce Yourself in NZSL
Learn the NZSL Alphabet
When Lip Reading Goes Wrong