Expanding our services to support more tamariki with hearing loss
More than 100 young learners from Ko Taku Reo are now receiving dedicated care from our paediatric audiologists - and they don’t even need to leave their school grounds.
Ko Taku Reo is New Zealand's provider of education services for Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children. The partnership is a new approach to audiological care, which enables our paediatric audiologists to visit Ko Taku Reo tamariki in their Kelston and Ormiston provisions during the school day.
“By coming to the schools we’re hoping to build a more holistic relationship with these tamariki, while taking the burden of hearing care off of the parents,” says The Hearing House Clinical Director Holly Teagle.
The service expansion is part of The Hearing House’s contract with the Ministry of Education to support school-aged children with different degrees of hearing loss. Last year, this saw school-aged cochlear implant recipients return to our care.
The Hearing House CEO Dr Claire Green says it’s wonderful to be supporting tamarki with different degrees of hearing loss, not only those who use cochlear implants.
“People are at the heart of what we do. We’ve hired more team members so we can deliver a service that understands and meets the needs of our newest kiritaki and their whānau.”
Holly says The Hearing House is driven to be a centre of excellence and recognised as a leader for clinical best practice, innovation, research and training.
“This partnership not only allows us to provide evidence-based best practices that support tamariki with hearing loss to achieve their full potential, but provides Auckland University audiology graduates the opportunity to look at innovative clinical best practice in action too.”