#HearUs

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.

Celebrating the power of cochlear implants to change lives.

Seven Sharp features Josie Calcott's cochlear implant journey and the inspiring story of her amazing group of friends who banded together to get Josie her second ear.

You can watch their incredible clip from Seven Sharp here.

Seven Sharp

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:

 

SEE HOW YOUR LIFE CAN CHANGE

Below are some videos from cochlear implant users, ENT surgeons, audiologists and researchers that you may find informative and helpful about the cochlear implant journey in New Zealand.

 

WE MADE THE NEWS

New Appointment at The Hearing...
New Appointment FOR audiology and therapy at The Hearing House The... read more
The High Cost of Hearing
The cost of hearing loss is huge on the lives of those affected. Dawn Pickens discusses the... read more

WE’VE BEEN BLOGGING

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