The number of adults waiting for a cochlear implant is at crisis level, with people dying without ever getting this life-changing technology. 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, just 40 adults nationally receive government funding for a cochlear implant every year. This base figure hasn’t changed for more than six years and is no longer meeting demand. Since 2003, 17 adults eligible for a cochlear implant have died while still on the waiting list. This is not OK and the situation is getting worse.
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.