NFDHH are working hard to ensure hearing health is prioritised at every age and to raise awareness of the experiences of Deaf and hard of hearing Kiwis.
Our school, pre-school and workplace programmes focus on three main principles: creating more inclusive environments for preschool children, students and employees who are Deaf or hard of hearing; the prevention of hearing loss; and ensuring a timely diagnosis and support is available.
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Our Hearing Screening Programme has expanded rapidly since launching in 2019. To date, we’ve checked the hearing of 3963 students and provided valuable education on how to protect their precious ears from harmful noise.
In 2023, we aim to deliver this programme to 60 secondary schools throughout New Zealand. This is vital as globally 1 in 5 young people now have a disabling hearing loss and this is expected to double over the next 30 years if we do nothing.
In 2022, 24% of year 9 students were picked up with an abnormal screening result.
Even a mild hearing loss can have life-long impacts on education, social well-being and mental health. NFDHH’s Hearing Screening Programme is essential for ensuring the early signs of hearing loss are picked up as young people start their secondary school education.
That is why we are striving to reach more schools but need your support. As NFDHH does not receive government funding, we rely on the generosity of private donors and funders to enable us to continue to deliver our important programmes and services.
1 in 5 young people globally now have a disabling hearing loss.
This number is expected to double over the next 30 years if we do nothing.
Together, we can combat this devastating trend.
Sponsor a child's hearing screening
With your help, young people’s hearing loss will no-longer go undiagnosed and untreated.
Today we’re asking you to sponsor a child's Hearing Screening. It costs $65 to screen one child's hearing. Supporting this programme, you’ll be helping to change a life and inspire more young people to value their hearing.
Youth Hearing Loss Report 2021
In 2021, NFDHH carried out a study exploring the screening results and listening habits of 1,305 year-nine students.
This report follows on from a study done in 2020, giving readers a snapshot of the results from the Foundation’s year-nine screening programme during 2021.
The report also briefly discusses the economic and social costs associated with youth hearing loss.
You can download the full report below.