Saturday 2nd November 2019 saw a coming together of members of the cochlear implant community here in New Zealand and overseas. It was a full day of engaging discussions, information sharing, experience-based perspectives, networking and catching up with old friends and new.
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.
For a recap of our forum speakers, panelists and some of their presentations to download please check them out below: