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.
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.
The noise of cicadas chirping may annoy some people, but for cochlear implant patient John Reweti-Davis – after 30 years of hearing loss – that high-pitched chirp was a welcome sound.
With her friendly nature and happy wagging tail, Gem, a Shihtzu cross Bichon hearing dog, is the perfect companion for Blenheim woman Lynn Evans.
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, in the Wairarapa, but it’s one she’s winning – with help from Life Unlimited hearing therapist Anne Greatbatch and some clever gadgets.
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.
When he was in his 40s, Gary Climo realised he was becoming deaf because his family used to complain he had the television on too loudly. It also began to affect his interaction with others.
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.
Some people living with hearing impairment may benefit from assistive hearing and alerting equipment. These can support individuals to remain active in the community; help with work or study; or enable them to remain living safely in their home.
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.