New hearing advisor for Association
Te Awamutu Hearing Association welcomes Sylvia Pikari, who is training to be the new hearing advisor.
Longserving advisor Barbara Lim says she is slowly winding down her hours and is pleased to gradually hand over various tasks to Sylvia.
Sylvia, who has a hearing impairment, says she has been involved with the Te Awamutu Hearing Association for about five years and wanted to give something back.
She has served on the local committee, and for the past three years has been involved in a governance role with Hearing New Zealand.
Sylvia says she has been looking at the role of hearing advisor for about a year, knowing Barbara wanted to retire, and the time is now right.
The job is two days per week and that works for Sylvia, who also has an accounting practice she works at the other three days.
Hearing Association hearing advisors give unbiased advice and information relating to hearing or hearing loss and perform a screening hearing test if required.
Te Awamutu association is also on the lookout for more people to join the association or help voluntarily by being part of the committee.
The contact number to make an appointment with a hearing advisor, or to volunteer to work with the association, is 871 3649.
Te Awamutu has a team in this year’s Silent Leadership Challenge — a National Foundation for the Deaf initiative where people can experience deafness for a day.
Te Awamutu Hearing Association hearing advisor Sylvia Pikari invited MP Barbara Kuriger, Waipa¯ district councillor Vern Wilson, local businessman Merv Gyde, local doctor Mary Ballantyne and local newspaper editor Dean Taylor to join her to make up Team Te Awamutu.
She says it is a good mix of wellknown people who will meet the challenges and help fundraise.
Participants around New Zealand take on four challenges on Friday, September 21 — a one-toone meeting, a team meeting, a social get-together and watching TV without subtitles — while wearing ear protectors to simulate deafness.
Te Awamutu will also be having a shared morning tea at Sabor Cafe¯ from 10am on the day if anyone wants to join them and support the cause.
Hearing loss is unrecognised and rarely talked about, according to the challenge organisers.
The challenge aims to boost workplace awareness of hearing loss and raise funds for the foundation’s work.
To support Team Te Awamutu members visit tinyurl.com/y7daberp
Silent Leadership Challenge Te Awamutu, from left: Vern Wilson, Dean Taylor, Mary Ballantyne and Merv Gyde.
Team Te Awamutu member, MP Barbara Kuriger at Parliament.
New Te Awamutu Hearing Association trainee hearing advisor Sylvia Pikari.