About Hearing Therapy

Hearing therapy offers free advice and support to anybody who experiences difficulty in communicating effectively because of a hearing problem.

Living with hearing loss can be stressful. It can lead to difficulties at work and affect communication with family and friends. It may also affect self-esteem and lead to social isolation.

A qualified hearing therapist will work directly with you to evaluate your hearing and make a plan with you to reach your hearing-related goals and make your daily life more manageable. You are welcome to bring family/whanau or friends to your appointments.

Our hearing therapists are members of the Hearing Therapist Association of New Zealand (HTANZ).

A hearing therapist can…

  • Complete a hearing evaluation and discuss your hearing difficulties with you
  • Help you use your hearing more effectively
  • Teach ways of improving your communication skills
  • Help you use hearing aid(s) to greater effect
  • Give information about equipment available to assist with daily living, eg. telephone, television, radio, baby monitor, fire alarm
  • Teach speech reading and provide auditory training
  • Offer advice and practical help to people with tinnitus
  • Provide information about hearing loss and its prevention to professional groups, community organisations and the general public
  • Provide information about funding options

What happens when you visit a hearing therapist?

We’ve made a short video to give you an idea! Timaru hearing therapist Heather Talbott talks us through a first appointment at Life Unlimited Hearing Therapy.