What We Do
We are developing a range of programmes to support the 880,000 + New Zealanders with hearing loss. We believe that whether at school, at work or in retirement hearing loss should be recognised, accommodated and supported.
Each of our programmes focus on creating positive hearing loss aware environments, as well as offering practical tools and support services that help people who are deaf or have a hearing loss to reach their full potential and thrive. Our programmes also focus on the prevention of hearing loss, to ensure people of all ages know the risks and understand how to protect their precious hearing.
Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
& Tracking Youth Hearing Loss
We are providing free hearing screenings at selected high schools throughout New Zealand. Globally, one in five youths have a hearing loss and this number is predicted to double over the next 30 years. We are working hard to educate young people about the risks of noise-induced hearing loss and to ensure any hearing losses are being picked up, so that the students are receiving the support they need.
Our national hearing screening results will also form part of a five-year research programme, which will provide essential data on youth hearing prevalence rates in New Zealand.
Supporting Employees with Hearing Loss
The Hearing Accredited Workplace Programme has been carefully developed to ensure that valued employees with hearing loss have access to equal opportunities and workplace communication, and are supported to reach their full potential in their roles.
The Programme provides practical tools and training to assist organisations to become more inclusive of the 300,000+ New Zealanders who are of working age and are Deaf or have a hearing loss.
Youth Employment Programme
Employment Opportunities &
Mentoring for Youths with Hearing Loss
The goal of the Youth Employment Programme is to ensure that hearing loss does not limit a young person’s career choices.
We assist youths with hearing loss as they transition into the workforce by collaborating with schools and employers to place apprentices into Hearing Accredited Workplaces. We then provide ongoing support and mentoring throughout the first year of employment to ensure success.
Its a nationwide programme that helps to bridge the gap between study and employment for young Deaf or hard of hearing New Zealanders.