Hearing Association New Zealand Inc.
P O Box 11563
Tel: (0800) 233 445
Public Affairs Office
Debra Gill, coordinator
President - John Harwood
Secretary - Debra Gill
The Hearing Association exists to help the hearing impaired. This includes all those with hearing problems in all forms.
The Hearing Association began as the League for The Hard of Hearing in 1932. The name was changed to the Hearing Association in 1976.
Since then, the Hearing Association has expanded to 30 branches spread throughout New Zealand. Each branch is a separate incorporated society, the officers being elected by the branch members. This way central organisation is small and the association can operate at low cost.
The Hearing Association is a volunteer organisation receiving no funds from the government and encourages all hearing impaired to become members.
As hearing impairment is often referred to as the "invisible disability", and it is estimated there are 450,000 with hearing problems in one form or another, if they all joined we would have a huge membership!
Branches offer support to all these, members and non-members alike. Free hearing tests are provided in conjunction with LIFE Unlimited, which provides the trained therapists many of whom work from our branch premises.
The Hearing Association does not fit hearing aids as these need the expertise of qualified professionals, but it does provide a full range of other assistive devices.
With 30 branches nationwide, the Hearing Association runs public education in the prevention of hearing loss, and looks after the needs of hearing impaired people, socially and in the workplace.
Tel: To contact a Hearing Therapist in your area - Freephone: 0800 008 011 or use the local direct dial number provided
A free independent national service funded by the Ministry of Health for NZ residents or citizens aged 16 years+ who are experiencing communication difficulties due to hearing impairment. Referrals can be made by Doctors, Audiologists, health professionals or by self referral.
Anne Greatbatch, Hearing Therapist: Wairarapa, Manawatu - Whanganui
Jenny Southee, Hearing Therapist: - Manawatu,Horowhenua
Contact details for appointments:
Dannevirke (06) 374 7137
Levin (06) 368 2469
Masterton 0800 008 011 (ask for an appointment at the Masterton clinic)
Marton (06) 327 7222
Palmerston North: (06) 357 8708
Whanganui (06) 357 8708 (ask for an appointment at Whanganui clinic please)
To contact a Hearing Therapist in your area Phone 0800 008 011, or use the local direct dial number provided.
A Hearing Therapist can:
- Do a hearing assessment and discuss any hearing issues with you
- Teach ways of improving communication skills
- Help you use your hearing more effectively
- Help you use your hearing aid(s) to greater effect
- Give information about equipment available to assist with daily living, e.g. telephone, television
- Offer information and advice to you and your family
- Teach speech reading and auditory training
- Offer information and practical advice to people with tinnitus
- Provide information about hearing loss and its prevention to professional groups, voluntary organisations and the general public