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THE WELLINGTONIAN, MAY 3, 2012
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Sorry? Pardon? I didn't quite
catch that? ... These are
phrases John Forman found he
was using all too often before
being fitted with hearing aids.
The 61 year old company
director from Petone says while
he had an inkling his hearing
might not be perfect, it still came
as a bit of a surprise when he
got his ears checked at Hearing
Consultants in central Lower
``It was amazing hearing
things again that I hadn't heard
for a long time, like birds, a little
wind chime, rain, or leaves in the
wind. ``It was so good to actually
be able to easily hear clearly. I
now realise how much I've
missed for quite a long period
of time, and the frustrations with
not being able to hear things
properly at work and in crowded
The biggest surprise for
John was to find his constant
to think I was tired because I
was working hard, but I was
just getting so tired because I
was working so hard to hear.''
Hearing Consultants Audiologist,
Jan Morris, explained to John
that his hearing loss was in the
high frequency range. This
made it more difficult to pick
up high pitched sounds, such
as the beginning and ends of
speech, particularly in noisy
Hearing Consultants offer a free
half hour hearing test. Jan Morris
says explaining the details of any
hearing loss, and the practical
implications help customers
identify those affects so they
can make an informed decision.
``Hearing loss is usually gradual
and sort of creeps up on you
... we can offer a free hearing
test to anyone who's not sure,
so they have got a base line
measurement of their hearing.
They can choose to look at
solutions, or we can schedule a
follow up test in a year's time.''
Hearing Consultants is proudly
independent, so there are no
hard sales, and no pushing of
particular products, she says.
Hearing Consultants also offer
an on-site microsuction ear wax
cleaning service with a specialist
nurse, and free no obligation
hearing aid trials.
usually very surprised at how
they can relax, hear comfortably
and easily, and are not second
guessing. It just makes life
a lot easier, and patients
are less stressed and more
comfortable,'' Jan says.
struggle, it's just not necessary
with the technology and hearing
aids we have today. Come in to
have your hearing tested today --
you'll be surprised!''
If you think you may have hearing loss,
Ms Morris recommends the New Zealand
Independent Audiologists website
nziaud.co.nz to find out more.
Hearing aids are getting
smaller and more discreet,
Mr Forman's are barely
John Forman and audiologist
Jan Morris, outside Hearing
Consultants in Andrews Ave,
central Hutt City.
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Historic footage: Aro Valley History Group members Josephine Brien, left, and Julia Stace, right, and film
curator Jane Paul used footage from the New Zealand Film Archive to produce Aro Valley History on Screen.
Photo: OLIVIA WANNAN
Aro Valley's history
captured on film
By OLIVIA WANNAN
Aro Valley's movers, shakers
and film-makers came together
for the Aro Valley History on
Screen show last Friday.
The film collection, curated by
Jane Paul of the New Zealand
Film Archive, featured historical
home movies, news clips,
documentaries and feature film
excerpts portraying life in the
Aro Valley area.
The clips dated back almost
100 years, and to capture the
silent film spirit the early
excerpts were accompanied by
In the packed Aro Valley com-
munity hall -- an impromptu sec-
ond show had to be arranged fol-
lowing the first -- were many
stalwarts of the neighbourhood.
City councillor Helene Ritchie,
who was involved in the 1983
protest over Aro Park, found the
collection delightful. It gives
the community more of a sense
of identity,'' she said.
Icons of the area, such as Aro
Video, Bar Bodega and Aro
Park, all made an appearance,
among the stories of the
residents and their families.
Memories, creativity and politics
were also captured.
No Aro Valley history would
be complete without its protests.
The collection included those
campaigns won and those lost --
the biggest applause of the even-
ing went to a futile 1999 advert
campaigning against the inner-
It was a search for the area's
history that led Julia Stace and
Josephine Brien, members of the
Aro Valley Community Council's
history group, to the Film
They learned that the archive
had a service to curate
collections of film clips, and
thought the community would
get a lot out of such an event.
It's lovely to get people out
and away from their televisions
and get the community together.
It was also about people
having an awareness of how
we've been a community for a
Local film-maker Russell
Campbell had two of his works
featured in the 18-part collec-
tion, and still found a surprise or
There were some marvellous,
unexpected treasures in there,''
The collection will also screen
at The New Zealand Film
Archive, corner Taranaki and
Ghuznee streets, on June 2 at
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