Hearing loss is not just about the absence of sound. It’s about the far reaching consequences on a person’s life; from communication challenges, to isolation, loneliness, increased risk of depression, mental health issues, cognitive decline and dementia.
Over the past thirty years, advancements in cochlear implant technology have changed the lives of many adults affected by a severe or profound hearing loss, giving them access to hearing in a real world setting, with improved health and quality of life outcomes. Yet this life changing technology is being under utilized for New Zealand adults.
The Campaign to end silence follows the World Health Organisations mission to make early detection and treatment of hearing loss a priority.
Hearing loss is lonely but it doesn't have to be that way.
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.
Welcome to ‘A year in the life’ where we have followed cochlear implant recipients on their journey back to a hearing world. In the words of one cochlear implant recipient, “My cochlear implant is a miracle.” It is time that everyone who needs a cochlear implant in New Zealand has access to their own miracle. Follow Scott and Charlotte’s journey back to a hearing world.
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: