Here you can access our handy resources:
Printable posters or visual guides that help to keep hearing loss awareness front of mind in the workplace.
If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, also we recommend downloading our Care Package, which is full of information on support services and community activities as well as tips for caring for your wellbeing.
Learn more about the impact of hearing loss around the world and in New Zealand by taking a look at our collection of reports on hearing loss.
We've collated a library of posters and visual cues that you can download and print. They are a useful reminder for everyone in the workplace to be more aware of hearing loss and how to support team members who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
2. Hearing Aware Communications Poster
1. Hearing Aware Meetings Poster
Meetings are often one of the most challenging activities in the workplace for employees who are Deaf or hard of hearing. With a few simple adjustments to how meetings are held in your workplace, a lot can be done to make your meetings accessible to everyone attending.
Hearing loss doesn't have to be a barrier to communication in the workplace.
By following these easy-to-follow communication tips, your team will be more aware of how to keep the conversation going.
3. Is this Space Hearing Aware Poster
Does your organisation have interlocking spaces where staff and/or customers interact? How hearing loss aware are these spaces?
Small changes to how staff engage in these spaces can make all the difference.
4. Weekly Sound Allowance Poster
Did you know our ears have a weekly sound allowance?
This poster will help your team to stay within the safe listening weekly allowance and offers tips for how to look after our hearing for life.
Our ears are more fragile than most of us realise. It's easy to take your hearing for granted until permanent damage is done.
Keep noise-induced hearing loss front of mind by displaying the 'Your Ears are Fragile' poster in the workplace.
5. Your Ears are Fragile Poster
Highlight your organisation's commitment to Deaf and hard of hearing customers with our Hearing Awareness Commitment poster.
It's a great reminder for all staff to be more inclusive in their communication with customers who have hearing loss.
6. Your Commitment to Deaf & HoH Customers
1. Care Packages
If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, then we have created the Care Package for you. It features support services and ideas for self-care and wellness.
It also provides information about New Zealand Sign Language and suggests some good places to start if you're hoping to begin your learning journey.
Here you can also order your Buddy Card, I am Deaf or I have Hearing Loss pins and Hearing Aid Batteries.
2. Buddy Cards
Order your wallet-sized Buddy Card and use it as as a visual reference to easily explain to others your communication needs and how they can be more hearing loss aware.
You can also use your Buddy Card to gain free entry to selected Event Cinemas on Tuesdays to watch movies with captioning.
Order your Buddy Card using the form below.
3. NFDHH Wellbeing Pins
These pins are a small visual cue that helps those around you to be more aware. Many people in our community really appreciate how this little pin saves them from constantly having to explain to the people they encounter that they are Deaf or hard of hearing. A small pin that makes a big difference!
4. Hearing Aid Batteries
We offer a wide range of hearing aid batteries at a low cost to ensure you can maintain your hearing aids and keep them at peak performance at all times.
Visit our store today to order yours.
1. Listen Hear! NZ
In 2016, NFDHH, in partnership with the Deaf and hard of hearing community, commissioned Deloittes Access Economics (Australia) to produce a report on the economic impact of hearing loss in New Zealand.
Key findings were:
hearing loss is a significant issue facing 18.9% of the population.
the health sector costs is estimated at $131.8 million
hearing loss cost the New Zealand economy $957.3 million
total cost of hearing loss is estimated at $4.9 billion
Download to read the full report.
2. NZ Trak 2018 Report
This report provides an insight into the scale of hearing loss and social and economic impacts it is having for hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders.
There were 16,080 interviewees who self-reported on hearing loss prevalence & hearing aid ownership.
Download to read the full report.
These reports help to set out a context for the prevalence of hearing loss in New Zealand and explore the impact on the economy and social wellbeing.
Broaden your understanding by taking a look at Listen Hear! New Zealand and the New Zealand Trak 2018 Report below.