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Do You Have Hearing Loss?
It usually takes a friend or family member to point out you have a hearing loss. Hearing loss is usually gradual and we become normalised to the sounds we no longer hear. However hearing loss can lead to isolation, dependency, a diminished quality of life. The sooner one treats a hearing loss, the quicker the rehabilitation period will be.
Wearing hearing aids cannot be compared to wearing glasses. One should wear one's hearing aids as often as possible in order to exercise the auditory processing unit.
Recognise the signs
Ten easy rules to maintain hearing
Hearing Tests & Hearing Aids
Audiology & Funding Information
Information Resources for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired: Ministry of Health
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Hearing Nelson recommends you have regular hearing tests particularly if your environment or health puts you at risk of hearing loss.
We recommend you ask your clinician what qualifications they have. At least one audiologist in the clinic should hold a Masters Degree in Audiology;
The qualified audiologist must be a Member of the New Zealand Audiological Society (an MNZAS) in order to access the government subsidy of $511.11 per aid and obtain ACC accreditation;
The clinic must allow a 6 - 8 week hearing aid trial before purchase or return.
We encourage consumers to “shop around” in order to create a competitive hearing aid market and to ask what follow-up services the provider offers;
We strongly recommend you choose an audiologist whom you trust is listening to your needs - your audiologist is a health provider and hearing aids are expensive.
Free hearing screening tests are offered by the LIFE hearing therapist.
Seven reasons to see an MNZAS Audiologist
The real cost of hearing aids
Hearing Aid Care
Hearing aids need regular maintanence as they are electronic devices that live in a moist environment behind or in your ear. Regular cleaning and drying in our ultravac ensure they operate to the best of their ability and continue to sound clear and loud.
How long should my battery last?
Care of the ears - wax and swimming
Moisture in hearing aids
Tuning into your new hearing aid
My hearing aid whistles!
Recognising hearing loss in a person is the first step towards positive communication.
One in six people you encounter will have a hearing loss and will struggle to understand you. It is 16% likely that you may be struggling to hear them too.
Book a workshop with us or contact us to understand hearing loss, discuss your hearing issues at home, at work or at your community organisations. This service is free.
Communicating with a person with hearing loss is not a matter of merely turning up the volume. They will still struggle to understand the words you are saying as certain frequencies are missing from their hearing range.
Learn to recognise the signs of hearing loss and then put communication protocols in place. Living with hearing loss is exhausting and the sufferer has to pick and choose the conversations he participates in.
Listening in a group
Hearing loss and communication
Assistive Listening Devices and Captioning
Hearing Aids are only aids. There are additional devices and aids that can assist with hearing.
The Captel telephone is a free captioning service for hearing impaired people, it works through a telephone operator who transcribes the spoken word into text so the hearing impaired person can read what the other person is saying. For more information go to www.captel.co.nz
Telecoil programmes and Induction loops