Celebrating Cochlear Implant Day 2024

- 25th February -

A Reflection and Vision for Aotearoa New Zealand


It's International Cochlear Implant Day!

February 25th, Cochlear Implant Day, marks a pivotal moment each year to celebrate the remarkable advancements in cochlear implant technology and its profound impact on people's lives. In Aotearoa, New Zealand, this day resonates with deep significance, reflecting our mahi, achievements, and aspirations for the future of hearing health.


The Purpose of Cochlear Implant Day

The goal of Cochlear Implant Day was to increase awareness of the potential for cochlear implants to change people's lives. It serves as an annual reminder of the strides we have made in bridging the gap for those with hearing loss, allowing them to reconnect with the world around them. This day is not just about celebrating technological innovation; it is about recognising the individuals and families whose lives have been transformed through the gift of sound. It is a day of acknowledgement, education, and advocacy, emphasising the critical importance of access to cochlear implants for all who can benefit from them.



Over the years, the Pindrop Foundation has spearheaded numerous campaigns aimed at enhancing awareness, improving access, and increasing funding for cochlear implants in New Zealand. Our efforts have been multifaceted, targeting both the public to demystify cochlear implantation and policymakers to advocate for increased government support. Notable campaigns have focused on:

Awareness and Education: Increasing the understanding of cochlear implants among the general public and healthcare professionals, highlighting the transformative outcomes possible for individuals with severe to profound hearing loss.

Funding and Accessibility: Lobbying for expanding funding of cochlear implants for adults, recognising the critical need for equitable access to these life-altering devices.

Community Support: Building a supportive network for individuals and families navigating the cochlear implant process, from pre-implantation considerations to post-surgery rehabilitation.


Our Vision for the Future

Looking ahead, our aspirations for Aotearoa New Zealand are bold and unwavering.
We envision a future where:

Cochlear Implants For Single-Sided Deafness Gets Funded: Recognizing SSD as a significant impairment, we advocate for government and insurance support for cochlear implants for individuals with SSD, ensuring they have the opportunity to experience the world in all its auditory richness.

Bilateral Cochlear Implants for Adults: We push for normalising bilateral cochlear implantation for adults, understanding the profound difference it can make in achieving optimal hearing outcomes, enhancing spatial awareness, and improving quality of life.

Continued Innovation and Access: We aspire to keep pace with technological advancements in cochlear implantation, ensuring that all New Zealanders can access the latest and most effective treatments.



A Call to Action​

Cochlear Implant Day is not only a day of celebration but also a call to action. It is an opportunity to unite as a community, share stories, educate, and advocate for the changes we wish to see. The Pindrop Foundation is committed to leading the charge, but we need the support of individuals, families, healthcare professionals, and policymakers alike.

Together, we can make a future where hearing loss is no longer a barrier to living a whole and vibrant life. Let's continue to push boundaries, challenge the status quo, and ensure that every New Zealander who could benefit from a cochlear implant has the opportunity to do so. Our mahi is far from over, but with each Cochlear Implant Day, we move closer to a world where sound is accessible.