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9 May 2022 – 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 you and everyone in your home hear them? Read more…
1 April 2022 – 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. Read more…
3 March 2022 – 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 to take care of your ears and listen safely… Read more
17 January 2022 – Delivering Cochlear Implant Mapping Remotely
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… Read more
3 December 2021 – International Day of People with Disabilities
Hearing Therapy explore barriers to accessing COVID-19 vaccinations and attending vaccination clinics. Read more…
13 October 2021 – Nikki Martin tells us what happened next
Nikki Martin met up with Anne Greatbatch for a second interview to share how making the video about hearing loss has helped to change her life for the better.
Nikki explained that her life had changed dramatically since the video was released because people who had watched the video, including her family, were treating her differently.
Making the video has helped to build Nikki’s confidence, to talk about how life is for her and how people can work with her and let her voice be heard. Read more
28 March 2021 – Managing the impact of hearing loss
Going out on your own in public when you’re hard of hearing can be really difficult. Nikki Martin says she can’t go out to a cafe or restaurant, when it’s busy, because it’s so noisy. Read more.
Wednesday 25 February 2021 – Communication pitfalls for the hard of hearing
It makes for another challenging day for those who are hard of hearing and for the person trying to communicate with you.
Life Unlimited has produced resources to help businesses and organisations help the hard of hearing. Read more
Monday 22 February 2021 – Massive call to action to address hearing loss in New Zealand
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 number of people in New Zealand living with unaddressed hearing loss and ear diseases is unacceptable, says Life Unlimited. Read more
22 February 2021 – Hearing loss and deafness
A person who is not able to hear as well as someone with normal hearing – hearing thresholds of 25 dB or better in both ears – is said to have hearing loss. Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, severe, or profound. It can affect one ear or both ears, and leads to difficulty in hearing conversational speech or loud sounds.
‘Hard of hearing’ refers to people with hearing loss ranging from mild to severe. People who are hard of hearing usually communicate through spoken language and can benefit from hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other assistive devices as well as captioning. People with more significant hearing losses may benefit from cochlear implants.
‘Deaf’ people mostly have profound hearing loss, which implies very little or no hearing. They often use sign language for communication. Read more
16 December 2020 – Don’t let hearing loss ruin your holiday celebrations
The festive season allows us to take a break and reconnect with family and friends but social gatherings can be stressful for those who experience hearing loss. Life Unlimited hearing therapist, Tracy Henderson, has some great tips to make social gatherings more enjoyable. Read more
14 December 2020 – Hearing impairment advice service for Oamaru residents
Smoke alerting devices for the hearing impaired 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 and Life Unlimited hearing therapist Heather Talbott work together to ensure information about the devices is readily available. Read more.
10 December 2020- Living with a hearing impairment, strategies to cope
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 meetings, conferences and social events. But the catalyst for change came on Christmas Day three years ago. Read more.
12 November 2020 – Hearing Loss No Problem For Job Seeker
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 Life Unlimited’s Hearing Therapy service to maintain her personal hearing improvement journey. Read more.
17 August 2020 – Hearing therapy for Karen Gomm ends silent isolation
Hearing impaired Gisborne woman Karen Gomm has broken free of silent isolation and learned how to manage her deafness after help from a Life Unlimited hearing therapist.
“The hearing therapist taught me how to take more control of this disability. From the minute I met her I realised she understood what I needed,” says Karen. Read more.
27 May 2020 – Specialised Smoke Alarms For People With Hearing Impairment
With winter upon us and heaters and fires blazing, it’s an appropriate time to share some information about specialised smoke alarms for people with a hearing impairment. All conventional smoke alarms in New Zealand emit a high pitched sound which can be difficult for people with age or noise related hearing loss to hear, especially when their hearing aids are removed at night for sleeping. Read more.
18 May 2020 – We Are ‘Hear’ For You
Level 2 has arrived and we are looking forward to working with you all again.
We want to reassure you that we are following all recommended health protocols and will be providing safe environments for all our clients.
We will work with you in a way that meets your individual circumstances – whatever they may be. Read more.
1 April 2020 – Pitfalls to self-isolation when you cannot hear
You might be in self-isolation, but you are not alone! In the last few weeks we have seen COVID-19 reach pandemic levels.
New Zealand is in lockdown and, apart from essential services, we are all staying at home in our bubbles.
During this time, we don’t want people with hearing loss to feel unsupported. Read more.
Remote Assistance for your Hearing Loss
26 March 2020 – Being in lockdown will give us many challenges to deal with on a daily basis – don’t let one of them be your hearing loss.
If you or a relative or close friend are at home and struggling with your hearing loss, we at Life Unlimited Hearing Therapy are here for you.
We can help with hearing aid management, assistive devices like smoke alarms or help with adjusting your TV so you can hear clearer.
We can also help out with communication strategies if your hearing aids suddenly stop working.
Life Unlimited supports cochlear petition
4 March 2020 – Life Unlimited Hearing Therapy supports the #endsilence petition which asks for an increase in funding to the nearly 200 eligible adults on the national cochlear implant waiting list. Read more.
Don’t let hearing loss limit you
10 February 2020 – Life Unlimited has joined forces with the World Health Organization to highlight that timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential. Read more:
Making a message heard
5 March 2019 – Sue Jennings has a message for people who invested in a hearing aid several years ago. Sue, a hearing therapist with Life Unlimited, says many people who get hearing aids struggle with them initially, and eventually decide to go without. Read more
Managing conversations a challenge for Luana
1 March 2019 – Luana Waru first noticed her hearing was deteriorating when she found it difficult to manage conversations, particularly with her whanau. The Gisborne woman found trying to hear was frustrating and hard. Read more
A word in your ear ….
28 February 2019 – Melita Peselj says it takes about seven years for some people to work through the process of needing to address a hearing loss. There are common indicators – being told the television is far too loud is a primary one. Read more
Annual hearing loss awareness month
23 January 2019 – In March 2019, the National Foundation for the Deaf (NFD) is holding its first Silent March awareness month. Throughout March, NFD will be encouraging New Zealanders to be aware of their risk of losing their hearing, provide tips to protect their hearing, and advice on how to help support someone who has a hearing loss. Read more.
People with diabetes more likely to experience hearing loss
26 July 2018 – Having your hearing tested is a “smart idea” if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. That’s the message Life Unlimited hearing therapist Sue Jennings had for members of the Hamilton diabetes support group who gathered at the Hamilton RSA on 24 July. Read more.
Learn while you earn in Auckland
23 July 2018 – The chance to gain a recognised qualification for free while learning on the job in a profession that makes a real difference in people’s lives is more appealing thanks to an exciting new training programme from national hearing therapy provider Life Unlimited. Read more.
Training to get hearing again
12 July 2018 – It’s like going into training – to get the best out of your hearing devices you need to prepare, you need to practise and you need to be realistic, says hearing therapist Tracy Henderson. Read more.
We work to enable people to live the life they want to lead.
12 July 2018 – For New Zealand’s team of hearing therapists the driving force is to make a difference in the lives of people with hearing loss – and their families. Read more.
Back to her Taranaki roots for Melita
18 June 2018 – Waitara-born hearing therapist Melita Peselj is thrilled to be back in Taranaki. Being able to return to her role as a hearing therapist with Life Unlimited is a wonderful bonus. Read more.
Are you, or someone you know, frustrated by hearing aids?
23 May 2018 – It’s not uncommon for people to find it harder to manage their hearing aids as they get older. The good news is there may be other solutions that are more manageable. Read more.
All ears at Pasifika Festival
1 April 2018 – Our hearing therapists saw a record number of ears at the 2018 Pasifika Festival. Find out what the Auckland team have planned next. Read more.
Hearing again ‘magic!’
8 March 2018 – Hearing Therapy client Gary Climo spoke with Laurilee McMichael at the Taupo and Turangi Weekender about the impact hearing loss has had on his life, and how life changed after seeing hearing therapist Rhose Shand. Read more.
Preparing for Pasifika
6 March 2018 – The first thing that impressed hearing therapist Therese Leach about Pasifika Festival 2017 was the diversity of the crowd and its size – not to mention the “noise from so many people.” Read more.
Good advice on living well with hearing loss
6 March 2018 – You don’t have to give up your social life or doing the things you enjoy if you have hearing loss. That’s the message from Life Unlimited hearing therapist Trish Carraher, who has some great tips for living well with hearing loss. Read more.
Coping with hearing loss made life hell for former Tararua District mayor
6 March 2018 – Former Tararua District mayor Roly Ellis talks to Christine McKay from Hawkes Bay Today about how he has been affected by hearing loss and how hearing therapist Anne Greatbatch helped him. Read more.
Hearing Awareness Week 2018 – Noise Destroys!
28 February 2017 – The National Foundation for the Deaf is extending World Hearing Day on 3 March 2018 in New Zealand into a week of awareness-raising to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Read more.
Free and independent hearing service solves cyclist’s woes
29 November 2017 – When keen Hamilton e-cyclist Lloyd Morris realised his hearing aids weren’t performing as well as he’d like, he wanted independent advice about what to do next. Read more.
Clever technology changing Leah’s life
30 October 2017 – For Leah Duley, one of the biggest frustrations of hearing loss is making other people understand. It can be a battle for the 82-year-old from Carterton, but it’s one she’s winning – with help from Life Unlimited hearing therapist Anne Greatbatch and some clever gadgets. Read more.
Free workshops support people with hearing loss
30 October 2017 – A series of free communication workshops with Dunedin hearing therapist Kelven Gaskill aims to help people live well with hearing loss. Read more.
Loving life after hearing therapy
12 July 2017 – Holly Campbell finished working with a hearing therapist earlier this year. As part of her final rehabilitation session, her hearing therapist encouraged her to reflect back on her journey and how her life has changed since. Read more.
Smartphone app supports independence and safety for hearing impaired
12 July 2017 – Hearing therapist Anne Greatbatch takes a look at Braci Pro, a free sound recognition app that allows your phone to function as an alerting system. Read more.
Training day for cochlear implant users
10 May 2017 – A Hamilton workshop to help cochlear implant users get the most from the technology attracted attendees from as far away as Te Aroha and Kawhia.
Pasifika Festival offers chance to talk about hearing health with Hearing Therapy
23 March 2017 – This year Hearing Therapy will be on hand at Pasifika Festival to give good advice about looking after your hearing health and managing the impact of hearing loss on daily life.
Find help to manage impact of hearing loss on work life
27 February 2017 – There are days Nikki Martin’s hearing problems mean she would rather hide than socialise, but the help she gets from Life Unlimited hearing therapist Anne Greatbatch soon pulls her through.
From Whitianga to Taupo – Trish can help
27 February 2017 – As a hearing therapist with Life Unlimited, Trish Ellis understands how hearing loss can affect day-to-day life, and especially personal relationships.
New report shines light on impact of hearing loss
13 February 2017 – Hearing loss is a significant issue facing the New Zealand population with 880,350 people in New Zealand now living with some type of hearing loss, according to new research.
Better hearing at the Christmas table
21 December 2016 – Life Unlimited hearing therapist, Linda Hatten, has some great ideas to make Christmas dinner conversation more enjoyable.
Host a hearing-healthy barbecue this summer
12 December 2016 – It’s barbecue season and, this summer, national hearing organisation Hearing Therapy, is urging hosts to extend their Kiwi hospitality to guests who have trouble hearing.
Preparing for disaster when you have hearing loss
14 November 2016 – One in six New Zealanders have a hearing impairment so an earthquake presents additional challenges to them both during and after the quake.
‘Drop, cover and hold’ is the best way to protect yourself during an earthquake. But, are you prepared for the days after an earthquake?
Gallagher’s public challenge highlights hearing issue
It was 10 minutes into the presentation.
Martin Gallagher sat in his seat 15 rows back craning to hear what the presenter was saying. She had a voice which she conveyed effectively to the crowded room, the pitch raised and steady and the volume varied in such a way that the people should have been able to hear.
Hearing Therapy and Enable collaboration moves forward
Earlier this year, we were pleased to confirm a new collaboration between Hearing Therapy and Enable NZ to provide a more integrated service to people acquiring hearing aids and accessing the hearing aid subsidy.
Hearing Therapy to collaborate with Southern Cochlear Implant Programme in Lower Hutt
Life Unlimited hearing therapist, Linda Hatten, will be working with cochlear implant patients in Lower Hutt part-time from October as part of a new collaboration with the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP).
The truth about earwax
Ever wondered why we produce earwax? It’s not just an unsightly nuisance – earwax is essential for the good health of your ears.
Workshops for hearing impaired
Living with hearing loss can be difficult and frustrating for the hearing impaired as well as their family and friends, but there are ways to make it easier and there are ways to cope.
Devastating hearing loss led to second chance
The nine months Margaret Hodge spent unable to hear family voices or the familiar country music songs she and husband John always played to each other, was the worst period of her life.
Checking smoke alarms this daylight savings? Make sure you can hear them as well
Smoke alarms are essential for home safety but, for the one in six New Zealanders who live with a hearing loss, there’s a risk that ordinary smoke alarms don’t provide the peace of mind they need.
Three hearing-healthy gifts for Dad
When you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift this week – make sure you consider the protection of your Dad’s precious ears in your gift choice, says New Zealand’s free Hearing Therapy Service.
Hearing Therapy service even easier for GPs to access
Managing stress for people with tinnitus
For many people, the stress of living with tinnitus can have a big impact on day-to-day life. But Tracy Henderson, a hearing therapist with Life Unlimited Hearing Therapy Services, says it is possible to better manage the stress associated with the condition.
How noisy is too noisy?
Noise induced hearing loss is affecting younger people at higher rates than previous generations so it’s really important to let children and young people know how to protect their ears.
Managing your hearing loss – it’s more than just hearing aids
Hearing loss doesn’t automatically mean you need a hearing aid. Your needs will depend on the extent of the loss and how it affects your daily life – this is what a hearing therapist will help work with you on as part of the national free Hearing Therapy Service. Read the whole text here.
Tinnitus affecting more than 200,000 Kiwis
Tinnitus – or annoying noises in the head and ears – could be affecting more than 200,000 Kiwis, according to new research from the University of Auckland. If you’re one of them – find out how our hearing therapists can give you free support. Read the whole text here.
Cochlear implant life-changing after 30 years of hearing loss: John’s story
The noise of cicadas chirping may annoy most people but for cochlear implant patient John Reweti-Davis – after 30 years of hearing loss – that high-pitched chirp was a welcome sound. Read the whole text here.