Ears and Hearing
Simon has his ears vacuumed and finds out why humans produce ear wax. Then he has a hearing test that revealed he's suffering hearing loss. Armed with his results he pays a visit to a otolaryngologist, (that's an ear nose and throat specialist by another name) to find out why he's suffering hearing loss and what to do.
Then he explores some of the consumer and health issues that affect our ears and our hearing, including looking at the latest hearing aid technologies and prices, meets children who've had cochlear implants and speaks to a surgeon operating on these profoundly deaf kids and spend time with them as they learn to speak. He attend a hearing clinic on a marae and looking at some of the funding sources, and recent changes to the way the government manages hearing aid services.
Ear health and issues related to hearing
Ears: earwax ( 20′ 24″ )
We find out what earwax is, why we secrete it, and some of the ways to get rid of it. With Libby Cossar of the Hearing Association.
Ears: hearing test ( 11′ 55″ )
It's hearing test time with hearing therapist Verena Kibblewhite of the Hearing Association. And the results aren't quite what we were expecting.
Otolaryngologist ( 11′ 48″ )
Simon's hearing test is back and otolaryngologist Peter Blake will check if a hearing aid is needed.
Ears: assistive technologies ( 12′ 32″ )
Joslyn Tjeerd looks at some of the assistive technologies on the market; basically gadgets that will amplify the sound that surrounds us.
Hearing challenge ( 15′ 46″ )
Audiologist Karen Allen of Bay Audiology reckons she can improve Simon's hearing with a hearing aid.
Marae hearing clinic ( 21′ 50″ )
We drop into a mobile hearing clinic at Wainuiomata Marae. With hearing therapist Susan Lennie, Barney Ransfield and William Henare-Tekooti.
Hearing aid choices ( 18′ 22″ )
In-ear, behind-the-ear, or open fitting? We're shopping for hearing aids with audiologist Karen Allen of Bay Audiology.
Hearing aid test ( 16′ 00″ )
We take new hearing aids out for a test drive after a fitting by audiologist Karen Allen. So how does the world sound in digital quality, amplified stereo?!
Hearing aid funding ( 19′ 55″ )
The funding options available for hearing aids - from government subsidies to full funding. With Janet Houghton, President of the NZ Audiological Society and Sue Smith, the General Manager of accessable.
Hearing questions ( 15′ 44″ )
We answer your questions about what to do with old hearing aids, hearing aid batteries and tinnitus with Janet Houghton, the President of the NZ Audiological Society, and Karen Allen who's an audiologist with Bay Audiology.
The Hearing House ( 32′ 54″ )
The Hearing House is a charity based in Auckland that's using hi-tech cochlear implants to help deaf and hearing impaired children to listen and to speak.