These activities are all about raising awareness for

what it's like to live & work with hearing loss. 


Hearing loss can significantly impact someone's life 24/7. Today, we are inviting you to step into the shoes of someone with hearing loss for 30 minutes.


It’s a chance for everyone to learn new skills, and to become more aware of the barriers people who are Deaf or hard of hearing may face in everyday conversations, and how to overcome them.


Gather your team for a morning tea or lunch, and work through these activities together. 


We provide everything you need to run the event, just bring the people and the snacks! 


To get started, simply download the activity booklet and resources below.

Download the Full Hearing Loss Awareness Activities Pack Here:

Your Take 30 Pack Includes:

• The Take 30 Activity booklet

• Ear plugs for participants to wear

• Lip Reading Cue Cards

• NZSL Finger Spelling Cue Cards

• Information about Hearing Loss

• A Take 30 Poster to display

• A fundraising deposit slip.

A Short Introduction to New Zealand Sign Language


NZSL is one of three official languages in New Zealand. 


Fingerspelling is a part of NZSL, and learning the alphabet is easy - it can be mastered in around ten minutes. 


Learn by following the video below, courtesy of the New Zealand Sign Language Dictionary,

Some Things You Might Not Know About Reading Lips

Lipreading is a difficult skill to learn and even people who are good at it have to guess a lot of what is being said. Only about 30% of lip patterns are recognisable.


Context is very important. Make sure the person lipreading you has understood the topic you’re talking about - as lipreading can lead to many possible 'readings.' 


Check out this funny video from to see how lip patterns for one word can resemble another.

Introduce Yourself in NZSL

Learn the NZSL Alphabet

When Lip Reading Goes Wrong

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