Two year wait for cochlear implants

People with hearing loss are suffering years in silence on waiting lists for cochlear implants.

Thirty-six people have been waiting more than two years for the surgically implanted device.

The wait is leaving some people with mental and physical effects from the strain, University of Auckland's head of audiology Dr David Welch said.

Cochlear implants provide a sense of sound to those who are severely hard of hearing or profoundly deaf.

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