We believe that experience of hearing loss should be visible and understood in New Zealand.
At the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, we release an annual report detailing the latest findings on hearing loss in year nine students. We hope you will find this informative.
World Report on Hearing
Youth Hearing Loss Report 2021
This report gives a snapshot of the results from the Foundation’s year-nine screening programme during 2021.
Following on from a study in 2020, this 2021 study completed screening at fifteen schools across New Zealand.
The study explores the screening results and listening habits of the 1,305 students.
Listen Up New Zealand 2019
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates at least one billion people aged between 12-35 years are at risk of hearing loss due to preventable causes.
To determine whether the global trend was following a similar path in New Zealand, the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing embarked on a pilot programme of auditory screening of 479 year 9 high school pupils at three schools and found that 34% of them had an abnormal result.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a difficult disorder to diagnose.
For those who have APD, their ear "hears," but the brain has trouble processing the signal, and translating it into useful information.
This can make it difficult for those with APD to follow a conversation, especially in noisy or overwhelming environments.
For some useful information about APD and a list of symptoms and commonly related conditions check out the Audiological Society's website.
Hear for Families also provide support for children with APD on their Hear for Families community page.
Download to access the latest national guidelines for APD.