Occasional difficulty in communication is a shared human experience. When we fail to hear and understand, we experience a disconnection with our family, co-workers and community. For people with significant and lasting hearing loss, life can be a long series of challenges to navigate. Fortunately, the use of cochlear implants, hearing aids and other hearing assistive devices can have life altering positive effects on an individual with hearing loss and his or her family. Research helps us understand the impact of hearing loss and how to best use technologies and/or practices to overcome its consequences.
As part of the growth and expanding services of The Hearing House, research has been given a greater priority in our day to day work. Research may sometimes be perceived as being time consuming and invasive. Indeed, it can require extra time and effort but it also offers everyone an opportunity to contribute to the expanding pool of knowledge. Participation is voluntary and “giving back” is always appreciated.
The Hearing House has a special alliance with the University of Auckland and the centres for research within its domain. In addition to sharing personnel resources, there is a mutual focus on collaboration for research. As these projects progress, we will be inviting The Hearing House family to participate as able and as interested. We will keep you appraised of projects and thank you in advance for your support and interest in helping THH become the centre of excellence that we aspire to be.
· Benefit the people of New Zealand, specifically including Maori and Pacifica and populations facing deprivation
· Inform patient outcomes, including various ways to measure
· Reduce outcome equalities
· Enable more patients to receive cochlear implants with sustained support
· Enable recipients to obtain the best technologies in the fastest time
· Justify the value of existing services
· Address quality of life issues