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

We are disappointed in the government’s decision not to continue with the additional $6.5 million funding boost to the adult cochlear implant programmes. This means many adults will continue to live in isolation, facing an uncertain future about when they will gain access to hearing.

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. 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.


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 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 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.



Disappointment and Frustration...
Cochlear implant clients, ENT surgeons and audiologists are extremely disappointed at the... read more
New Appointment at The Hearing...
New Appointment FOR audiology and therapy at The Hearing House The... read more


A few days in the life of Cabby...
These are the days in my CI life. Monday It’s AGM time at the local ladies club... 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 Pindrop Foundation...


​ ​ THE CAMPAIGN TO END SILENCE The Pindrop Foundation will be holding its biennial...
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The Sounds of Life