Hearing Education Hawke's Bay
Hearing Education Hawke's Bay
Preserving a life with sound for our tamariki

Free Community Education

A recent study reported that 18.9% of the New Zealand population have a hearing loss. Research also suggests that hearing loss can more often than not be attributed to damage from noise rather than age. For children hearing loss can be detrimental to their education and their social development, for adults it can be isolating and embarrassing. We often hear that people with hearing loss feel unsupported and misunderstood, that is why we are here. Our goal is to offer early intervention for noise induced hearing
loss, by equipping children, educators and parents with the knowledge they need to protect their hearing. We aim to see a reduction of noise induced hearing loss in future generations. Our programs are in high demand and we hear some fantastic feedback about how the recipients retain and utilise the information they learn from the presentations and that they often share it with their family & friends.


"Hear This!" Education Program

For over 6 years now Hastings Hearing has employed a Hearing Educator to give free presentations to preschools, schools, educators, community groups and any other organisations interested in learning how to prevent noise induced hearing loss. These presentations are fun, interactive and memorable and are adjusted to be appropriate for the group it is being delivered too. Our presentations are a form of early intervention and equip participants with the knowledge they need to prevent this invisible disability from affecting them and their families.  For community groups the presentations can cover an array of ear or hearing related topics and are tailored to the audience. For the year 2018 our Hearing Educator delivered 142 presentations to local ELC's, Kindergartens, schools, tertiary groups, educators and community groups with a total of 2,234 participants. These figures have increased year on year since we started offering the programs.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Ear anatomy

  • General ear care

  • How you hear - vibration and sound

  • Protecting your hearing

  • Ear hair cells and how they are damaged

  • What we can do – our responsibility

  • As well as communication strategies when speaking to someone with a hearing loss.

  • Basic NZ Sign Language



“The information given regarding how loud iPods can be and how loud music pumping inside a car can very quickly damage a significant amount of hearing was clearly a surprise to the students. Very relevant information at this level.”

“A worthwhile message for our students with relevant activities such as the vibration and sound experiment and the one with pipe cleaners that made the point”


“Shayne came home so excited last night and was singing his A’B’C’s song… I couldn’t see him but he goes “Mum, watch me, watch me!” I go in his room and he’s doing his A’B’C’s in sign language! Now he’s teaching me and I’ve learnt it as far as ‘G’. Thank you all for doing such a wonderful job with him!”

“The flyer sent home with the students to support them in sharing with their families the information they had learnt was very beneficial. Feedback from families has shown us that this has been shared.”


“As a person with hearing loss I am so glad we have the opportunity to have wonderful people such as Carolynne who helps reinforce one aspect of hearing loss prevention. Thank you Carolynne...
Ngā mihi ki a koe.”

"Carolynne has had the children's interest and focus from the beginning, introducing them to safety and protection for our ears with her songs, stories and resources.  After a few sessions with Carolynne the children can now be seen: covering their ears in noisy situations; singing the hearing song; talking to each other about noise levels; modelling basic sign language, many parents also reported that their child shared what they learned with their family."