Deafness and Hearing Loss

Over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people – or one in every 10 people – will have disabling hearing loss. Disabling hearing loss refers to hearing loss greater than…

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Hearing care for All!

Life Unlimited is supporting the World Health Organization’s World Hearing Day on Wednesday 3 March calling it a “massive call to action” for New Zealand. The theme for World Hearing Day is Hearing Call for ALL! Screen, Rehabilitate, Communicate. The day will mark the launch of the first-ever World Report on Hearing which presents a…

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John McIntosh

Disability advocate on humour, invention and rebellion

Drums were an unlikely choice of instrument for a young John McIntosh. He was born with scoliosis – a severe curvature of the spine. Typical symptoms include limited mobility and heart and lung difficulties – the type of symptoms that make lugging around a drum kit challenging.

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Don’t let hearing loss ruin social occasions

Social occasions allow us to take a break and reconnect with family and friends, but they can be stressful for those who experience hearing loss. Wellington hearing therapist, Linda Hatten, has some great tips to make social gatherings more enjoyable.

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Advice service for hard of hearing Oamaru residents

14 December 2020 – Smoke alerting devices for the hard of hearing save lives when installed and thanks to a partnership between Fire and Emergency New Zealand and Life Unlimited Charitable Trust they can now be quickly installed in Oamaru and potentially fully funded. Fire and Emergency New Zealand fire risk management officer Mark Bredenbeck…

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Hard of hearing? Strategies to cope

10 December 2020 – Roly Ellis developed a hearing loss over time starting when he drove tanks while serving in the British Army. But it was well into his second term as Tararua District mayor many years later that hearing things in his work environment became more of a challenge. He struggled to hear at…

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Hearing loss no problem for job seeker

12 November 2020 – Resha Bhana is ready to find herself a job having overcome teasing and a lack of confidence caused by hearing loss in both ears. The 23-year-old Taranaki horticulture student hopes her love of tramping, gardening, crafts and baking make her an employable option but until then she will continue to visit…

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Pitfalls to lockdown when you cannot hear

You might be in lockdown, but you are not alone! In the last few weeks we have seen COVID-19 return to New Zealand in the form of the Delta variant. New Zealand is in various stages of lockdown. During this time, we don’t want people with hearing loss to feel unsupported. You may feel a…

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