News and Articles

Hearing Therapy team growing

30 October 2017 – Life Unlimited welcomed four new trainees to the Hearing Therapy team in August. Meet Megan O’Donnell, one of our new trainee hearing therapists based in New Plymouth. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jessica LissamanNew 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.

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Woman setting table for Christmas dinnerBetter 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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hearing Therapy service even easier for GPs to access

Hearing Therapy Services can now be found in the CareSelect referral system on healthlink.  Referrals can also be made via the online form or by phoning 0800 008 011.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Don’t let hearing loss put a damper on 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, Linda Hatten, has some great tips to make social gatherings more enjoyable. 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.