Communication Challenges When Wearing Face Masks

The COVID-19 pandemic has made this challenging since face masks are recommended in public settings and these masks muffle our voices and hide our faces. “I have found it extremely hard to understand people wearing masks because of my inability to see their mouth. I rely on watching their mouths, even if I don’t get…

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Checking Fire Alerting Equipment

As we slowly move into Autumn and Winter, along with those shorter days come the cooler nights.  We will soon find the need to be building up a good fire, switching on our electric blankets, and turning on various other electrical appliances to keep us warm. Have you checked your smoke alarms are working? Can…

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My Ears Are Ringing!

What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the medical term for a ringing or other discernible noise in the ears. The sound can be different for each person: whistling clicking ringing and many others There is in fact no external sound source, making the condition very frustrating, often impacting an individual’s ability to hear external sounds. What…

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World Hearing Day 2022

                        With over a billion young people at risk of avoidable hearing loss due to recreational sounds, the theme of World Hearing Day 2022 “To hear for life, listen with care” signifies that to have good hearing across the life course, it is important…

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Delivering Cochlear Implant Mapping Remotely

In April 2021, Life Unlimited and the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP),  embarked on a collaboration to improve the accessibility of cochlear implant services for people in Taranaki. Cochlear implant recipients in Taranaki previously traveled to SCIP’s Wellington clinic, supported by visiting clinics to New Plymouth once or twice a year. Life Unlimited now works…

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International Day of People with Disabilities 2021

Hearing Therapy explore barriers to accessing COVID-19 vaccinations and attending vaccination clinics.  3 December 2021 – This year’s theme of the annual celebration of people with disabilities is ‘Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era’. The theme recognises that people living with disabilities are among the most affected populations amidst the global pandemic.  The government…

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Service Updates

Covid-19 Update 2.45pm Sunday 3 October – Parts of Waikato move to level 3 The Life Unlimited Hamilton office in Palmerston Street will be closed for the week beginning Monday 4 October as parts of Waikato move into Level 3 following confirmation of two community cases in Waikato. Level 3 will extend from Raglan, north…

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Michael Pulman – Hamilton

Michael Lewis Pulman – Born 17 December 1991, died Wednesday 8 September 2021 Read: A wheelchair couldn’t restrain Mike Pulman’s spirit Read: Inspiring sports writer and disability advocate “We were as set up for Lockdown as best we could be. It was a pretty hectic time. We had about a week to get ourselves ready…

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Multiple Sclerosis Week

13 – 19 September 2021 Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic illness and one of the leading causes of severe disability. It is an auto-immune disease which often develops in adulthood, but can occur at any age – there is even a childhood form. The brain and spinal cord is surrounded by a fatty myelin sheath…

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