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Hearing impaired & Very young family

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Hearing impaired & Very young family

Postby sturgessfamily » Mon 24 Oct 2005 22:39 GMT

My husband and i are in middle of processing visa, looking moving early next year (after baby arrive end of jan!). I need some informations about what is like for people with the hearing impaired, and how i can find further information about the service of hearing aids in New Zealand? Like batteries, aids repair works etc, who deal with it etc?

Plus a young baby we are taking, we also got 2 years old boy, Do they have mother and baby's group or similar? Will there be some 'clubs' like tumble tots, swimming club for babies etc? As all the books we have on New Zealand failed to show anything what they have offer for very young family.
Your helps will be much appreciate.
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Postby harlowfamily » Thu 27 Oct 2005 04:52 GMT

Sorry- can't help with info on hearing stuff but when you get here you should register with a local GP who would point you in the right direction. Have you tried a 'Google' search for info?
Regarding young children, this will vary depending on where you live. Towns and cities will have more groups to join but even some rural communities have 'playcentre' - playgroup run by parents. We're in small town and even here there are playgroups and a network of Mum's who walk regularly together with their babies - they have all networked through Plunket which is similar to English health visitors / baby clinics. You will find many similar type groups to UK in larger towns - baby swimming group lessons, music groups etc. ONce your older child starts kindergraten or playgroup you will probably meet loads of other parents to network with.
Good luck
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Postby harlowfamily » Sat 29 Oct 2005 05:38 GMT

Hi again
Have found a website which may be of some use - www.nfd.org.nz
Hope it helps with some info.
Cheers
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Postby sturgessfamily » Sun 30 Oct 2005 19:47 GMT

Thank you for your informations, i will look into website you gave me. Also regarding young children, good to hear they offer similar children's activities. We are thinking of moving to Christchurch for first few years, so they will hopefully offer more for young children than live in rural areas.
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Postby tomsionandrew » Wed 18 Aug 2010 21:46 GMT

There would be many hearing specialists around NZ that would be able to help you - as well as servicing centres if needed. You can buy hearing air batteries easily from any supermarket so you shouldn't have a problem there.
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