To start the process, you do need to have a recent hearing test done to gauge where your hearing levels are and your suitability.
If your hearing professional recommends a cochlear implant, you have to make sure you wear your hearing aids; during all waking hours as any hearing, stimulation is beneficial to aid outcomes after cochlear implantation.
Discuss with your regional provider the cost and available funding options for the cochlear implant.
Your regional providers are:
Northern Cochlear Implant Programme for Adults
251 Campbell Road
(Entrance on William Ave)
Mon - Fri: 8am - 4.30pm
Phone: 09-579-2333 or
Milford Chambers | 249 Papanui Road | Christchurch
Cochlear implant surgery is a routine medical procedure that is considered to be very safe. The improvements in your hearing will depend on a variety of factors including the cause of your hearing loss, the extent and duration of your deafness and auditory training post-implantation. The team at your hearing clinic will guide you through the preparation, implantation and rehabilitation process, to help you ensure you enjoy the best possible results.