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Kia ora! Your child recently had their hearing screened as part of the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing's Hearing Screening Programme.
As part of our vital work in schools, we believe it is essential to follow up with you as the parents to seek feedback about the screening and share information about how to help your tamariki look after their hearing for life.
Please help us to Make Listening Safe by looking at the information below and providing your feedback by completing the survey at the bottom of the page.
(The survey takes just 5 minutes to complete and will help us to improve our work in schools).
Together, we can help prevent Noise-Induced hearing loss for our Tamariki.
Hearing loss is a serious issue. Our ears are more fragile than many of us realise, and often young people don't know they are permanently damaging their hearing until it's too late. To make things even more challenging, our world is noisier than ever before, and recreational noise is everywhere. The Make Listening Safe Programme educates young people about the risks of Noise-Induced hearing loss. Our mission is to ensure young people know how to enjoy music and other recreational noise safely without risking their hearing.
In 2022, 19% of the teens we screened told us they listening to music on Max Volume (110dB) for 3 hours or more. According to the World Health Organization, permanent damage can potentially start occurring after just 1.5 minutes at this volume. That’s why changing young New Zealanders' listening habits is critical.
Did you know that ears have a weekly sound allowance?
Think of your weekly sound allowance like an empty glass. You can fill it with water slowly over the week with just a little water each day, or you can fill it up all in one go. Filling the glass up all in one shot is like listening to music on Max volume, which means you'll use up all your weekly sound allowance very quickly. That’s why wearing ear plugs at concerts, or keeping voulme below the halfway mark is so important, because otherwise you can very easily go over your weekly sound allowance, and potentially do perament damage to your hearing.
Provide your feedback.
Thank you for your time!
Together, we can provide the timely diagnosis and support kids with hearing loss need, and we can combat Noise-Induced hearing loss by teaching kids about how to Make Listening Safe.
Would you like to support our work in schools? Every little bit counts!
What happens to your ears when you’re exposed to loud music?
It can help to think of the hair cells in your ears like a fresh patch of grass and loud music like a group of people trampling on the grass. Before anyone walks on the grass, the blades stand upright and tall. But, as people walk on the grass, the blades become flattened. If people stop walking on the grass, after a few days, some blades of grass might pop back up and stand straight again. But, if people continue to trample over the same patch of grass, the grass begins to die, and the damage becomes permanent.
That's why monitoring how loudly and for how long you listen every week is essential.
Helping you to get your head around your weekly sound allowance.
If we want to keep our hearing for life, it's crucial to keep our listening limits within our weekly sound allowance.
Want to know more?
Please download our Make Listening Safe Brochure.