Living in Silence

Ricky McLeod's Story


Support the petition calling for better access to cochlear implants for adults

Hearing loss is lonely, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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.


A cochlear implant may be the right hearing solution for you.

If the answer was YES to one or more of these questions, please refer to the Cochlear Implant Programme.

For information visit the Northern Cochlear Implant Programme at or the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme at

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.



Funding freeze means more...
On Sunday, 26th July 2020, senior reporter for, Andrea Vance, reported on the... read more
Update on cochlear implant...
      As we enter week 2 of the COVID-19 lockdown,... read more


The Pindrop Foundation Adult...
The Pindrop Foundation’s Adult Cochlear Implant Forum on Saturday 2nd November at... 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
The Sounds of Life