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CLIENT STORIES

Our vision at The Hearing House is to foster a sense of community where everyone is welcome.

People are at the heart of everything we do and we co-design our services with kiritaki and whānau

to ensure we understand and meet their needs.

 

Here are stories of our kiritaki whose lives we've been privileged to help change.

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Te Waiwaha's Story 

Six-year-old Te Waiwaha Prangnell is a bright and bubbly girl who loves dancing.

 

Cochlear implants provide children and adults who are hard of hearing with access to sound, but receiving an implant isn’t simply about hearing.

 

Six-year-old Te Waiwaha Prangnell is a bright and bubbly girl who loves dancing, listening to Savage Love by Jason Derulo and reading with her mum. She also has cochlear implants after failing her newborn hearing screen when she was just a few weeks old.

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Violet's Story 
 

Violet and Nathan Zheng are two of our kiritaki (clients) – they first came to us as young children when they’d just received their cochlear implants and are now both excelling at university and in their careers.

 

It’s stories like theirs that make us so committed to what we do – making a meaningful difference to the lives of our kiritaki. We’re so proud of you, Violet and Nathan!

 

Here's Violet's story:

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Annette's Story
 
Seventy-three-year-old retired nurse Annette Herbert had her cochlear implant fitted two years ago when tests showed that her hearing had deteriorated to a point that hearing aids were no longer effective.
 
The Auckland-based grandmother says being able to have phone conversations with her family has been life-changing, and she keeps busy with exercise class, gardening and watching her nine-year-old grand-daughter’s ballet class. 

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Richard's Story 
 

Richard Green’s life changed forever when he was hit by a car on Auckland’s College Hill four years ago.

 

After being rushed to hospital with multiple injuries, he told the trauma surgeon that his hearing seemed ‘weird’ and found out later that he had lost the hearing in his left ear.

 

“The journey back from my accident has been hard,” he says.

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Karen's Story
 

Karen had her first cochlear implant when she was a young mum, and her second four years later.

 

She received an upgraded processor three years ago following an accident, and a further upgrade a few months ago.

 

She can now stream sound straight from her phone into her ears which has helped her rediscover her love of music.

 

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Elijah's Story 
 

When Elijah Ririnui was two years old, his grandmother Helene said he loved anything that vibrated.

Lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners, food mixers, power tools, washing machines – all provoked a spontaneous reaction of pure delight.

But they weren’t words or squeals of delight -- Elijah had barely made a sound since birth.

It wasn’t until the Ririnui whānau was out boating one day and a passing Jetski got the attention of everyone apart from Elijah, that Helene knew that something wasn’t right.

A visit to a specialist confirmed that Elijah was profoundly deaf, caused by congenital Cytomegalovirus (cCMV) contracted from his mother during pregnancy.

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