March is Hearing Awareness Month

Hearing Awareness Month is all about putting a spotlight on hearing health and raising awareness for the experiences of 880,000+ New Zealanders who are deaf or hard of hearing. A big focus for the month is making listening safe – especially for Kiwi kids who are at risk of losing their hearing due to listening to personal devices on headphones for too long and too loudly.

The National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NFDHH) will continue to expand the Youth Hearing Loss Awareness and Prevention Programme in secondary schools throughout March 2020. This programme provides free hearing screenings to Year 9 students and educates young people about the risks of Noise Induced Hearing Loss.

There are many ways you can get involved this Hearing Awareness Month. What are you waiting for?

Take 30 for Hearing Loss

An abstract pattern of protective earmuffs in a variety of bright colours. Source: NFDHH website.Take 30 is about raising awareness for what it’s like to live with hearing loss. Hearing loss can significantly impact someone’s life 24/7. You are invited to walk in the shoes of someone with hearing loss for just 30 minutes during March.

Gather a group together for a morning tea or lunch and wear earplugs for 30 minutes – while carrying out the Take 30 activities.

Show your support by donating to or volunteering for NFDHH

The National Foundation for Deaf & Hard of Hearing do not receive government funding – their programmes and initiatives rely on the generous support of our donors.

Your donation will help deliver vital programmes that will help to reduce levels of loss in New Zealand and advocate for better services and support for the 880,000+ New Zealanders who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Source: National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing website.

Published on Friday, January 24th, 2020, under Events
Page last updated: 24/01/2020

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