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Meet Jenny, Audiologist at House of Hearing Ferrymead

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Do you live in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch and need the services of a qualified Audiologist?

House of Hearing is happy to announce new Ferrymead team member Jenny She, an Audiologist with 9 years’ experience working in Australia and New Zealand. Jenny is available to assist with hearing tests, hearing consultations and hearing aid fittings.

Having a hearing loss from childhood and wearing hearing aids herself, Jenny understands the impact hearing loss has on day-to-day life. Wearing hearing aids every day ensures that she remains connected to family, friends and colleagues.

Jenny said, “Growing up with a hearing loss myself, I understand the impact it can have on daily life, so I enjoy seeing the benefits people gain from modern day hearing devices”.

Jenny is joined by our registered nurse, who can help with ear wax removal, hearing aid care and hearing screening.

If you’re interested in booking a hearing test with Jenny, you can book online or call 03 376 4483. You can also ask about the Ferrymead special offers. Hearing aids (with a test and demonstration) from $495. Or if you’re a Super Gold Card Holder, a Free Ear Wax Removal and Hearing test on your first visit!

Sounds that can damage your hearing.

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Hearing is an important part of everyday life, yet most people don’t realise when they are damaging their ears. Causes of hearing loss include infections, ageing, and brain injury, but one of the most common is noise exposure. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can develop after one occurrence of extreme noise exposure or after listening to very loud sounds over time. Everyone has tiny hair cells in their inner ear (cochlea) that vibrate and send an electric signal to the auditory nerve, allowing you to hear. Different groups of hair cells interpret different sound frequencies. Over time, if enough of these hair cells are damaged or broken, hearing loss results.

Here are ranges of sounds you probably didn’t know could affect your hearing:
85 – 100 dB (It takes 6 to 8 hours before causing damage)

  • Heavy traffic
  • Window air conditioner (close to you)
  • Noisy bar
  • Hair dryer
  • Motorcycle
  • Squeeze toy (close to ear)
  • Subway car (passing)
  • Music player at max volume

110 – 180 dB (It takes one to 30 minutes before causing damage depending on level)

  • Music concert (located near speakers)
  • Thunder
  • Emergency vehicle siren
  • Balloon popping (close to ear)
  • Rowdy stadium crowd
  • Firecracker
  • Safety airbag
  • Jet plane take off

How to prevent hearing damage
The simplest way to avoid developing noise-induced hearing loss is to pay attention to sound volume wherever you go. Listening to levels below 85 dB can help you preserve your hearing. If a sound is too loud, don’t stay around long enough for it to cause damage. When in doubt, you can always use hearing protection.
If you’re worried that you may have a hearing loss caused by noise exposure, you can contact one of our clinics for a free hearing test,  we can also find out if you’re eligible for ACC, Veterans Affairs or Ministry of Heath funding.


Meet House of Hearing Stoke’s new full time Audiologist.

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House of Hearing Stoke is happy to announce that we now have a new full-time team member. Marianne Casalme is an NZAS registered Audiologist with 12 years’ experience who moved to New Zealand from the Philippines in 2010. Marianne is available to assist with hearing testing and hearing consultations. Marianne is excited to be working as an audiologist in Nelson “I have been working as an audiologist since 2007 and I enjoy what I do because of the people I meet. It’s nice knowing other people’s stories and most of all, I feel happy that I am in an industry that helps improve people’s lives”.

Marianne joins our existing team, Registered Nurse, Nicole Mansbridge, whose role includes ear wax removal, hearing aid care and hearing screening and our Receptionist Shannon Gourley.

Our opening specials include a FREE HEARING TEST and FREE WAX REMOVAL for super gold card holders, T & C’s apply. To book an appointment with Marianne please Phone Shannon today to take make an appointment on 03 538 0819


House of Hearing is now open in Ferrymead

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We are excited to welcome our new Ferrymead clinic to our House of Hearing family. Our Ferrymead clinic is conveniently located on 987 Ferry road in Ferrymead. This clinic will provide a wide range of hearing services to residents in Ferrymead and the South East of Christchurch, including;

  • Hearing tests
  • Hearing loss consultations
  • A range of hearing aids
  • Ear wax removal
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Hearing aid servicing
  • Tinnitus treatment
  • Occupational hearing screening
  • Hearing protection

Furthermore, our Ferrymead clinic can also process claims for ACC, Veterans Affairs, Insurance replacements and Ministry of Heath funding. For any enquiries or to book an appointment please call 03 376 4483.

House of Hearing is now open in Stoke

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We are excited to announce that our House of Hearing clinic in Stoke is now open. This clinic is conveniently located in Stoke Central Mall on Main Road and will offer residents access to House of Hearing’s wide range of hearing health services, including:

  • Hearing tests
  • Hearing loss consultations
  • A range of hearing aids
  • Ear wax removal
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Hearing aid servicing
  • Tinnitus treatment
  • Occupational hearing screening
  • Hearing protection

Furthermore, our Stoke clinic can also process claims for ACC, Veterans Affairs, Insurance replacements and Ministry of Heath funding. For any enquiries or to book an appointment pleasae call 03 538 0819.

Is your work putting you at a higher risk of premature hearing loss?

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Workplace hearing loss is more common than people may think.

Hearing loss for most people generally develops over many years, with the effects becoming apparent only gradually, this makes it difficult for those affected to recognise that they are suffering from a hearing impairment.

One of the leading causes of hearing loss is excessive noise exposure.  Noise induced hearing loss more likely to be a hazard for those who work in noisy environments , for example a construction site or a dairy farm. This is backed up through a study conducted by Kurmis, A. P., & Apps, S. A. (2007) which showed that 37% of all adult hearing loss cases could be attributed to workplace noise1.

This may be a potential issue for many New Zealanders, with several major industries shown to have a higher than average exposure to loud noise in the workplace. Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders work in Manufacturing, Agriculture, Construction and Transport2, meaning that premature hearing loss from noise exposure could affect up to thousands of people nationally.

Major companies often take precautions to help prevent noise induced hearing loss, however a small farmer or panel beater may not have these precautions in place and this can cause problems later in life. This is supported by a study of 586 farm workers in New Zealand’s southland district, most workers studied had a moderate hearing loss, with a significant minority having significant hearing loss3.

So what should you do if you have experienced frequent loud noises at work and are concerned about potential hearing loss? There are five signs that indicate you may have a hearing loss.

1: Do you find it difficult to understand phone conversations clearly?

2: Does your family complain about the volume when you are listening to the radio or television?

3: Do you find it difficult to follow a conversation in noisy environments?

4: Do you often feel exhausted after family celebrations because listening is such an effort?

5: Do you hear better when you can look at the person talking to you?

If any of these signs apply to you, don’t endure it, you can and should do something about it, and you may be eligible for financial support. The New Zealand Government’s Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) will provide financial support for injury related hearing loss, which, depending on the level of injury, can include fully funded hearing aids.

At House of Hearing we help people with hearing loss navigate through the ACC claims process every day. If you think you may have hearing loss and feel it may have been caused through your work or an injury contact our local hearing experts


1) http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2007-13991-001

2) http://archive.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/snapshots-of-nz/yearbook/people/employment/nz-do.aspx

3) https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Noise-exposure-and-hearing-loss-in-agriculture-a-s-McBride-Firth/2b5cc9c94d09eadb42c52afb4e88571c91d272f5