Welcome to the Hearing Hub

The Hearing Accredited Workplace Programme has been carefully developed to ensure that valued employees with hearing loss can thrive, stay connected and be supported. 

The Programme provides practical tools and training modules to assist organisations to be more inclusive of the 300,000+ New Zealanders who are of working age and are Deaf or hard of hearing.

A lack of recognition for hearing loss in the workplace can have a significant impact on productivity and wellbeing, as well as, health and safety. It can also impact on attracting, recruiting and retaining the best talent that is out there.


It’s not only employees close to retirement who may have difficulty hearing. According to the World Health Organisation, hearing loss is rapidly on the rise among the youth demographic. Going forward, employers will need to take a more proactive and flexible approach to support employees with hearing loss.

You're Going to Learn
  • Accessibility Training: how to create a more inclusive and productive workplace - where hearing loss is accommodated and supported.

  • New Communication Skills: to help keep the conversation going with employees and customers who have hearing loss.​​​

  • Deaf and Hearing Loss Awareness: How to identify and repair the potential gaps in the organisation where employees or customers with hearing loss are not being adequately accommodated.

  • Health and Safety: How to make adjustments to your health and safety practices to ensure they are fit for purpose.​​

  • Staying on Top of Noise: How to manage noise in the workplace through acoustic design.

  • Helpful Accommodations: The range of assistive technologies and support services that are available to employees with hearing loss.

  • Inclusive Recruitment and Induction: How to recruit staff with hearing loss and how to adapt your induction processes to be more inclusive.

  • Noise Safety: How to manage risks of noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace.

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Address: Level 1, 149-155 Parnell Road, Auckland 

PO Box 37729 Parnell, Auckland 1151, New Zealand

Phone: 09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446 

Email: hawp@nfd.org.nz

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