Getting the silent treatment
Imagine attending a meeting or party where you cannot hear a sound.
For the one in six New Zealanders who live with some type of hearing loss this is a daily reality.
Corporate leaders, politicians and Auckland City Harbour News reporter Jess Lee will be taking part in the Silent Leadership Challenge on Friday to raise awareness and funds to support people with hearing impairments.
Participants will wear ear protectors while undertaking four communication challenges to simulate deafness.
They will attend a one-onone meeting, team meeting, social get-together and try watching television at home.
‘‘It’s a chance for me to put myself in others’ shoes and to experience the loss of something that I take for granted every day,’’ Airways New Zealand chief executive Ed Sims says.
It’s not too late to take part or make a donation.
‘‘We need you to help us lead urgently needed social change,’’ National Foundation for the Deaf chief executive Louise Carroll says.
‘‘The Silent Leadership Challenge participants will be creating a world of difference for the future of New Zealanders with hearing loss.’’
Silent world: Last year Invercargill city councillor Darren Ludlow took part in the Silent Leadership Challenge and found it much harder than expected.