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We believe that experience of hearing loss should be visible and understood in New Zealand.​


We have created a number of resources to help Deaf and hard of hearing teens, adults, and their families. You can find these below.

Resources For Families

We have a range of free resources available to help you and your family learn more about hearing loss. 

These include a quick guide for teachers, information for parents, NZSL posters, our annual magazine and more. 

New Zealand Sign Language Posters


New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is one of New Zealand's official languages through the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006.


NZSL is a beautiful and expressive language that is used by the Deaf community. But anyone can learn!  As more New Zealanders learn to sign the more accessible and inclusive our society will become.​

Other useful online resources include Learn NZSL, the NZSL Dictionary and the Deaf Wellbeing Society

Quick Guide for Teachers


This is a great resource to give to teachers who have a student with hearing loss. There are a number of small changes that teachers can put in place to help, including managing background noise, making lessons more visual, setting up a buddy system, and providing more time for tasks.

Hearing Matters Magazine


Hearing Matters Magazine is an annual magazine that is released every September.


The magazine highlights news and stories about our community. 

In this issue of Hearing Matters, you will learn more about:


  • The World Report on Hearing, its implications for New Zealand and possible solutions.

  • The work our Youth Advisors are doing to promote hearing health and raise awareness for young Kiwis with hearing loss.

  • Stories from our community - Tarryn-Ann, Adrian and Alison share about their journey with hearing loss and their aspirations for the future.​

Information For Parents


This is a great resource to give to parents who just found out their child has a hearing loss. In this brochure you will find some communication strategies, support group options, and information about financial support and support at school.

Awareness Resources

Small changes can make a big difference!

​We've created the following awareness posters that you can download and print and hang in your home or where you work.


They are a useful reminder for everyone to be more aware of inclusive communication that better supports the Deaf and hard of hearing community.


Place these visual reminders in areas, such as meeting rooms or at your reception area, or anywhere where accessible communication is essential.

Is your home hearing loss aware?


Hearing loss doesn't have to be a barrier to communication in the home.


By following these easy to follow communication tips, your family will be more aware of how to keep the conversation going.

Be Hearing Loss Aware at Work


We're encouraging organisations to make a commitment to New Zealand's Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

By hanging this poster, and making sure all staff are aware of these simple communication strategies, you'll be helping to make things just a little easier for our community.

Hearing Loss Aware Communication


Is your space hearing loss aware? Whether it's an office, a club, your home, or recreational space. With just some small changes to your communication style, you'll be making a big difference.


Follow these simple tips to create more inclusive spaces for the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

Buddy Card


The Buddy Card is a wallet-sized visual cue you can use to easily explain to others your needs and how to be more hearing loss aware.


You can also use your Buddy Card to gain free entry to selected Event Cinemas on Tuesdays to watch movies with captioning.

Deaf Wellbeing Society

Find recipes, crafts and support all in NZSL.

Find an NZSL Interpreter

Seeking an interpreter? SLIANZ can help.

Awareness Workshop

Book an Awareness Workshop for your workplace.

The National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a not-for-profit charitable trust that has served and advocated for the Deaf and hard of hearing community in New Zealand for over 40 years.

We are dedicated to creating a more inclusive and equitable society that recognises the experiences of hearing loss. We believe everyone can play a role in raising awareness and supporting the 880,000+ New Zealanders who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The Foundation also focuses on advocating for accessible hearing healthcare at all life stages, and preventing rising levels of noise-induced hearing loss through screening and education.

What is National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing?

NFDHH works with our community, schools, workplaces, the hearing sector and Central Government to ensure the experience of Deafness and hearing loss are understood and recognised and that caring for hearing health is prioritised at every life-stage.

We know that a timely diagnosis is key to rehabilitation, that’s why we provide Hearing Screening in secondary schools and workplaces. We also provide vital education on how to care for hearing for life and on Deaf culture.

We offer grants and scholarships to Deaf and hard of hearing Kiwis to assist with accessing hearing aids, furthering their education, or giving back to the Deaf and hard of hearing community through events or services.

NFDHH also provides a community outreach programme, which includes a helpline, care packages, newsletters and online community support. It a life-line to thousands of Deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders.

What does NFDHH do?

NFDHH’s offices are based in Auckland. However, we work across New Zealand and offer our services throughout the North and South Islands.

Where does NFDHH work?

Most of NFDHH’s funds come from the generous donations from our donor community. We also receive funds from our partners and grant providers, who help us to deliver specific projects.

How is NFDHH Funded?

There are many ways you can get involved with NFDHH. You could donate to support our work, you could help to raise awareness for the experiences of Deaf and hard of hearing Kiwis, you could fundraise or volunteer your time.

Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn to keep up-to-date with our upcoming campaigns and activities.

I want to get involved. What can I do to help?

Every amount counts! Small or large, your generous donation will make a difference. Donations provide urgently needed funds towards our work combating preventable hearing loss in schools. Donations also help us to offer more grants towards much-needed hearing aids. You’ll also be helping us to continue to advocate for universal hearing health care and better access to essential support services for our community.

You can donate online or call 09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446

How can I donate to NFDHH?

By becoming a monthly donor, your regular contribution will help to ensure we can make a strong commitment to our community and the services and support we provide them. Your monthly funds that allow us to plan ahead and deliver our nationwide programmes. Set up a monthly gift online or call 09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446

How can I become a regular giver? Where does NFDHH work?

Yes you can. You can chose to support one of our specific programmes or campaigns. Please call our friendly team on  09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446 to discuss or email us at:

Can I support a specific project?

There are many ways you can raise money for NFDHH. Check out our Take 30 for Hearing Loss fundraiser. Join one of our annual events, such as running Round the Bays for 1 in 5, or do your own thing and contribute the proceeds to NFDHH. If you’d like to fundraise, we’d love to help. Please call our friendly team on  09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446 to discuss or email us at:

How can I fundraise for NFDHH?

Bequests ensure we can be there for future generations. By leaving a gift in your Will you will be helping NFDHH to continue to plan for the future and be contributing to better hearing health outcomes and accessiblity in the years to come. Find out more about how to remember NFDHH by leaving gift in your Will.

Can I leave a bequest to NFDHH?

For single donations made through the post or by phone, NFDHH will post your tax receipt within 7 working days of your donation. And for online donations, your receipt will be sent by email on the same day. Regular givers will receive an annual tax receipt each March.


If you have an questions about your receipt, please get in touch.  Call our team on  09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446 to discuss or email us at:

When will I receive my tax receipt?

To update your details with us, please call our team on  09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446 to discuss or email us at:

Learn more about our privacy policy here.

How do I update my details?

Our volunteers are special people who offer their valuable time to help keep our organisation running. Volunteers often work alongside our team in our Auckland offices and support upcoming campaigns or events. Your working hours can be flexible between Monday – Friday.

Find out more about volunteering with NFDHH.

I’m interested in volunteering with NFDHH.

NFDHH is currently campaigning for universal hearing healthcare and is collaborating with the hearing sector to drive systematic change through a new public health programme.


We are working in secondary schools to deliver hearing screening and hearing health education programmes. Learn more about our School Programmes.

We are also working alongside employers to transform workplaces to be more inclusive of employees who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Learn more about Workplace Education.

What are NFDHH’s current programmes or campaigns?

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Please call our team on  09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446 or email us at:

I can’t find an answer to my question. Who can I contact?

You can learn more about NFDHH’s general privacy policy here.


If you’d like to learn more about NFDHH’s privacy policy for our work in schools with young people and how we protect their personal information, you can access this privacy policy here.

How does NFDHH collect, use, protect and share personal information?


Learn NZSL Portal

Access this amazing free learning portal on NZSL.

The NZSL Dictionary

With 4500+ multimedia dictionary entries.

Sign Ninja

Discover NZSL by playing a fun online game.

Learn NZSL Online

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is one of New Zealand's three official languages through the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006.


NZSL is a beautiful and expressive language that is used by the Deaf community. But anyone can learn!  As more New Zealanders learn to sign the more accessible and inclusive our society will become.

September 2022 Issue​

2022 was a busy year for the Foundation as we continued to expand our essential programmes to support the Deaf and hard of hearing community.


In this 2022 issue of Hearing Matters, you will learn about:


  • Our work to protect young people’s hearing across Aotearoa​

  • Advice for Deaf teens and families​

  • Accessibility through innovation, featuring Kara Technologies​

  • Inspirational community stories.

Hearing Matters Magazine

Hearing Matters Magazine is an annual magazine that is released every September.

The magazine highlights news and stories about our community. 


Check out the 2023 and 2022 editions below.


Tinnitus is the perception of noise, such as ringing, buzzing or clicking in your ears. Everyone experiences tinnitus sporadically from time to time but usually the perceived noise is very brief.


However, for around 15 – 20% of people the buzzing or ringing is permanent.

If the tinnitus is constant and intense it can be very unpleasant, make it hard to concentrate or fall asleep, and can also lead to anxiety or depression.

Tinnitus Tunes has been a successful therapy for 80% of people who have tried it.

Find out more.

Tinnibot is a new virtual companion in your pocket, to help you manage tinnitus.

Find out more.

Why do I have tinnitus?

Having tinnitus does not necessarily mean a person is going deaf, but it can be an early sign of hearing loss.

Tinnitus usually occurs due to aging or exposure to loud noise. The brain then tries to make sense of the change in your hearing system, by amplifying the change, and therefore creating tinnitus.

Tinnitus can also be caused by head and neck injuries such as whiplash, an infection in the ear, stress, raised blood pressure, medication, surgery or inner-ear pressure caused by scuba diving. In certain circumstances, the tinnitus can also be caused by excess ear wax.

If I develop tinnitus, what should I do?

If you suffer from tinnitus you should first discuss it with your doctor. Sometimes the cause can be treated medically by the GP, an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) or cardiovascular specialist.

If the problem doesn′t have an immediate medical solution, you can get an assessment with a hearing therapist or audiologist. 

It’s important to understand that most cases of tinnitus cannot be cured, only managed. Due to this, a medical professional such as an audiologist should help you develop an informed approach to manage it.


Below are some of the common strategies you can use to help manage the impact of your tinnitus.

Tips for Managing Tinnitus



Stress is known to aggravate tinnitus. It is recommended to try relaxation techniques, such as listening to soothing sounds, yoga, and meditation, can help.

Learn more about yoga for Tinnitus.

App for Tinnitus Sound Therapy



Counselling from an audiologist, hearing therapist, otologist or other trained people can help lessen the impact of tinnitus. 

Your doctor or local audiology clinic should be able to connect you with a therapist if they don't offer this service.

Auditory Habituation Therapy

Auditory habituation therapy aims to get the brain so used to a neutral sound that it mixes with the tinnitus and no longer pays attention to it. If the brain becomes accustomed to the sound - it may learn to ignore the tinnitus completely. Learn more.

Tinnitus Support Devices


Special hearing aid-like devices can help to mask Tinnitus by playing certain types of noise, for example, white noise or static.


Some devices combine amplification and producing sound (combination aids).

See your local audiology clinic to learn more.

Other Masking Devices


Tinnitus can often be worse at night, and make sleep difficult. A radio tuned between stations on the FM produces static or white noise that can prove helpful. Some masking devices can be programmed to play a number of different masking sounds (e.g. static, rainfall, ocean or surf).

App for Tinnitus Sound Therapy

Diet and Medication

Many different foods, drinks and medicines make tinnitus worse for some people.


As the effects of foods differ widely, it is best to try and identify those which are causing a problem. Start with those that are high in caffeine, such as coffee, tea or chocolate, very salty foods, red wine, and cheese.

Seeking a way to manage your Tinnitus?

September 2023 Issue​

We are thrilled to share our latest edition of Hearing Matters Magazine. 


In this issue, you will learn more about:


  • Our essential Hearing Health Outreach work in rest homes.

  • Wellbeing advice for youth with hearing loss.

  • An update on our important work in secondary schools screening the hearing of adolescents.

  • Stories of connection and resilience from our community.

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