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Living with Hearing Loss

As we age so does our ability to hear. Hearing loss happens gradually and so is often difficult to detect. However, good communication with others is of vital importance in maintaining our health and happiness.

If you are having trouble hearing when there is background noise, or others complain that you have the television turned up too loud, then it may be that you have some hearing loss which would be alleviated with the use of a hearing device. A regular annual check up with your GP is a good way of assessing your overall health, and a way of highlighting any areas that may be of concern, such as your hearing. It could be something relatively minor such as a build up of wax, or a condition that requires further investigation and referral onto other health agencies or specialists.


Hearing Aid Subsidy for SuperGold Card Holders
If you are a SuperGold Card holder and you need a hearing aid, the Ministry of Health can provide a subsidy of up to $500 (incl GST) per hearing aid.
If you need two hearing aids, the total subsidy will be $1,000 (incl GST).
For more information visit the Ministry of Health Website


Hearing and Tinnitus Clinic
The Hearing and Tinnitus clinic was established in 2001 as part of the University of Auckland's Section of Audiology, and is held at:

The University of Auckland,
Tamaki Campus,
School of Population Health,
Level 1, Building 730,
261 Morrin Road,
Glen Innes,
Auckland.
Telephone: 09 373879,
Email : audiology@auckland.ac.nz

The clinic specialises in research into aural rehabilitation, in particular, tinnitus and hyperacusis. The clinic offers the full range of audiology services at competitive prices and is open to the public between the hours of 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

At your appointment, you will be seen by an experienced fully qualified Audiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Audiological Society. They will be assisted by an Audiology student in the final year of their Master of Audiology degree. These professionals have access to the latest research and technology to ensure you receive best-practice care.

To make an appointment, phone the Hearing and Tinnitus Clinic on (09) 373 8791.

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Websites of Interest

  • The Hearing Association has a great website with a list of all of their branches around New Zealand and links to other organisations which cater to those with hearing loss. There is also a helpful "advice" section which has excerpts from "Sound Advice" produced by the National Foundation for the Deaf Inc.
  • The Hearing Association (Auckland) Inc operates as a non-profit organisation providing professional services and membership to people who have hearing difficulties. This compliments the services of various professionals and specialists such as audiologists, audiometrists and other aural rehabilitation workers.
  • DeafQuip are committed to providing innovative electronic solutions for deaf and hearing impaired people. With 20+ years experience they have a wealth of knowledge to solve most issues within the workplace or home with their innovative, off-the-shelf products or their technical team can manufacture one off devices to suit most applications.
  • The Bay Audiology website has great all round information that may be of interest to you - including taking a test to see if you have a hearing loss.
  • An interesting site called the Sight and Hearing Association, is an American website dedicated to preventing the needless loss of vision and hearing through effective screening, education, and research. Whilst the case studies are American, the information provided is relevant for New Zealand. Simply choose the logo on the lefthand side of the category you are looking for and it will direct you to the information.
  • Do you having ringing in your ears? Then you may suffer from a condition called Tinnitus. There are different forms of this condition, subjective and objective and the causes vary from damage to the ear to allergies, or high blood pressure. The American Academy of Otolaryngology has an excellent site with detailed information on Tinnitus and other forms of hearing loss, including the Five Minute Hearing Test.
  • Meniere's Disease is a condition characterized by recurring vertigo (dizziness), hearing loss, and tinnitus (a roaring, buzzing or ringing sound in the ears). Find out more about this disease on the Meniere's Support Group of Victoria, an Australian website.

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