Youth Hearing Loss Prevention

Youth Hearing Screening Programme


Globally, 1 in 5 teenagers have a hearing loss and this number is predicted to double over the next 30 years.  To combat this, we have launched a Hearing Screening Programme, which provides free hearing screenings at selected secondary schools throughout New Zealand.   


We are working hard to ensure youth hearing loss is being picked up, as early as possible, and that students can access the support services they need so that their hearing loss doesn’t  hold them back at school or as they transition into their first job. 


The 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.


If you would like to know more about our free hearing screening services in secondary schools, please click the button below and complete our enquiry form.

Youth Education Programme. Making Listening Safe

A major factor in youth hearing loss is ongoing exposure to loud noises, such as listening to personal devices on headphones too loudly and for too long. 


Here in New Zealand, we are also starting to see alarming levels of youth hearing loss and our initial hearing screenings at two secondary schools indicate that our youth hearing loss rates could be mirroring global trends.


Noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible and completely preventable. 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.  


If you would like to receive information about this programme, please register your interest here.

Lily McManus, Youth Ambassador for the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of 14. In this video, she shares her thoughts on what helped her to accept her hearing loss and how to #makelisteningsafe.

Did you know your ears have a weekly sound allowance?

Think of your weekly sound allowance like a 20-litre bucket of water.  


You can fill it up slowly over the week with just a couple of litres each day or you can fill it up with 20 litres all in one go. 


Filling the bucket up all in one go is like listening to music on max volume. This means you’ll use up all your weekly sound allowance very quickly.

Safe weekly listening limits for kids

Listen Up New Zealand Report

The Listen Up New Zealand Report outlines the results from NFDHH's initial Hearing Screenings from three New Zealand secondary schools in 2019.  


  • 479 year 9 students had their hearing screened.

  • 161 had an abnormal hearing result, (that’s one in three!) 


Even more concerning was the data NFDHH collected on the student’s listening habits. 

  • 76 students reported listening to music at maximum volumes on their headphones (100-115 decibels) for over an hour every day. 

Learn More About Hearing Loss in New Zealand Schools

Click below to watch Seven Sharp and News Hub's coverage

of our hearing screenings in secondary schools. 

 How is your hearing? 

Take a free online hearing check.

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