Kia ora koutou
Welcome to the first issue of our new-look Sound Matters quarterly newsletter. I hope you enjoy the breadth of stories we're bringing you this quarter, and as always, we welcome your feedback and comments.
It's been an exciting and busy start to the year with new clients, systems, fundraising activities and research projects, and we also have some great things on the horizon to look forward to. We postponed our national celebration of Loud Shirt Day 2023 until Friday, 27 October due to the devastating impact of Cyclone Gabrielle earlier in the year, and you can read more about what some of our wonderful supporters have been doing to support this major fundraiser below. We’re excited to announce upcoming mahi (work) with an aligned organisation, Able, an Auckland-based charitable trust that provides greater access to all forms of media, including captioning and subtitling. They recently launched their How To Access campaign which promotes information on how to turn on captions and subtitles for the d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing, and audio descriptions for the blind/low-vision on TV. We’re working with them to distribute their guide to our clients and whānau, and you can read about one of the key members of their team, Gaby Evans (who is also a THH client), in the story below. You’ll also see features on our clinical director, Dr. Holly Teagle, and the invaluable work she’s doing both here and overseas to raise awareness of Cytomegalovirus, which is the most common cause of non-genetic hearing loss in children. Holly has also overseen the work of one of our interns, Gaby Surja, whose research into speech-in-noise testing could lead to changing practices in Audiology.
And we’re delighted to share an insight into the world of our in-house counsellor Hazel Benson-Dawe, who many of you will know from her mahi with whānau support and the difference she’s helping make to many of your lives. I’m so proud of The Hearing House team, and delighted to share some of their stories with you.
Ngā mihi nui Dr. Claire Green
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