It’s not OK to wait for a cochlear implant. We need access to sound now.

About the campaign

Losing your hearing is frightening, and for those adults who have gone from a hearing world to a world of silence, the effects are devastating. For them, becoming deaf after functioning in a hearing environment isolates them from family, friends and every avenue of previous communication. One client likened the social isolation that it brought as a living death. But there is hope. A cochlear implant can help them regain their hearing and connection with the world.

But in New Zealand, there is a baseline of only 40 implants for adults each year, with one off additional funding sometimes being granted. With an average of 180 new referrals coming through each year, the demand is exceeding the availability of implants. This means waiting times of two years is the normal for many adults.

This situation is not OK and is getting worse. We need your help.

Please take a minute to tell your MP that you want all adults who need a cochlear implant to get one.

Have ​ya heard? One in six people in New Zealand has a hearing loss.

When someone lives in a world of silence, they live with the hope that somehow they will be given the key to unlock the door to a hearing world.

The Pindrop Foundation was established in 2006 to keep that hope alive through supporting access to Cochlear Implant information and services.

Our values are commitment and passion for bringing the gift of sound to those with hearing loss.

Few people are aware of this growing public health issue in New Zealand, its social and economic impact and availability of hearing loss solutions.

By supporting the Pindrop Foundation you will be giving the gift of hope to those New Zealanders living in silence that they too will be able to share in the joy of sound.

Furthermore, you will be helping to spread the word to New Zealand kids about protecting their hearing through Pindrop’s Listen Up! Program.

You could be eligible for a cochlear implant if:

  • A severe to profound hearing loss has been diagnosed.
  • Hearing aids are unable to help your level of hearing loss.
  • You are becoming socially isolated.
  • Your hearing loss means you are unable to work or your job is under threat.
  • You are unable to communicate effectively.

You will need to make an appointment with your audiologist to discuss your suitability for a cochlear implant and if suitable, they can refer you to your local cochlear implant program.

For more information on the cochlear implant assessment process:



Below are some inspirational videos from past Cochlear Implant patients and hearing disabled adults. We've also included some videos that we think you'll find interesting and we also think are an inspiration to watch.





Dad gets sweet implant tattoo...
Taupo dad, Alistair Campbell, has gotten a cochlear implant tattooed on his head to help his... read more
BBC Podcast with Professor...
In August 1978 an Australian doctor successfully fitted a multi-channel cochlear implant to a... read more


My Sounds of Life Experience,...
On Friday 10 th June, my hubby and I navigated our way through the Auckland afternoon... read more
The Sounds of Life Launch Night
I was then greeted by another couple of cheerful faces, one I had met at a previous meeting,... read more


Waikato Consumer Group...

04TH MARCH 2018

The Waikato Cochlear Implant Consumer Group welcomes those who have had or are waiting to have a...
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