Youth Hearing Loss Appeal
KIWI KIDS DON'T KNOW THEY ARE LOSING THEIR HEARING.
WITH YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT, WE CAN CHANGE THIS TODAY.
Levels of youth hearing loss have sky rocketed over the last decade at an unprecedented rate.
According to the World Health Organisation, globally, one in five teenagers have a hearing loss. This is a staggering 30% increase since the 1990s. Here in New Zealand, we are starting to see alarming levels of youth hearing loss. This year we began hearing screenings with the help of our donors at Rutherford College and Manurewa High School in Auckland, Queen Charlotte College in Picton and Northland College in Kaikohe. What we've found was alarming and indicate that our youth hearing loss rates could be mirroring global trends.
When it comes to youth hearing loss, there are a range of causes, such as illness, genetics and injuries. However, today the most common cause is exposure to loud noise. For example, listening to personal devices through headphones. Worryingly, many of the kids we screened this year reported using their headphones for more than 5 hours a day, sometimes at maximum volumes. Today, noise is everywhere, and many children are not aware of the damage they have done until it is too late.
Kiwi kids don’t know they’re losing their hearing. If we do nothing to stop this, young people are set to pay a very high price for our modern noisy world.
A gift of $25 will go towards our helpline service that families can call or email to get advice about hearing loss. A generous gift of $50 will enable us to continue to provide our Hearing Screening Programme in more secondary schools across New Zealand.
No matter your age, hearing loss has a tendency to paint life with a broad brush and this is never more true for young people. Hearing loss can shade every aspect of a person’s life from their education, mental health and social lives to their confidence levels, and potentially their career choices.
Sadly, all too often hearing loss is invisible and can catch up with us gradually. Because of this, many teenagers at the high schools we visited, were not aware of the harm done to their ears or that they had a hearing loss, until they were screened through our programme.
So far we have screened 550 students as part of the Hearing Screening Programme. Several of the children we screened reported “having trouble hearing in the classroom” or that their “ears are sore and are ringing often.” It is likely that this would have an impact on their ability to hear their teachers and to fully engage in the classroom.
With your help we can continue the Hearing Screening Programme in secondary schools. By giving today, you will be helping to ensure at risk kids are being identified and getting support sooner. You will also be helping young people to be more aware of the harm noise can do to their precious hearing.
YOUNG NEW ZEALANDERS ARE AT RISK OF LOSING THEIR HEARING
• Globally, 1 in 5 teenagers have a hearing loss.
• The rate of youth hearing loss has increased by 30% since the 1990s.
• Our initial hearing screening results from secondary schools indicate NZ youth hearing loss levels could be just as high as global trends.
• The alarming increase in youth hearing loss has been attributed to ongoing exposure to loud noise, such as listening to personal devices through headphones.
• Only the Universal Newborn Hearing and B4 School Checks, (for under 5-year-olds), are provided nationally.
• The government does not currently provide hearing screening programmes in secondary schools. We need to act now.
• This year, with your help, around 1,000 secondary school students across New Zealand will be screened as part of our Hearing Screening Programme.
YOUR SUPPORT CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE
A gift of $50 will enable us to continue to screen more at risk kiwi kids and help them to get the support they need sooner.
There are a range of ways you can ensure more Kiwi kids with hearing loss are identified and get the support they need sooner.
HEARING SCREENING PROGRAMME - $50
Your generous gift of $50 will go towards the Hearing Screening Programme in secondary schools in the North and South Island. This means we can quickly identify the most at risk kids and help them to get support.
YOUTH HEARING LOSS RESEARCH - $75
Your gift of $75 will go towards a five-year research programme that tracks national youth hearing loss prevalence rates (from Year 9 - Year 13) and explores solutions.
FAMILY SUPPORT PACK - $35
Show your support. A gift of $35 will enable us to send support packs to the families of teens with hearing loss. The pack provides practical information about hearing loss and the hearing health services they can access.
HELPLINE SERVICE - $25
Your gift of $25 will help to cover the costs of providing a helpline service to families, who can call or email our team to get practical information about hearing loss and hearing health.