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.
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 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: