For Richard Milne, that solution was a cochlear implant.
In 2019 the World Health Organisation is drawing attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss. It’s a huge health issue in New Zealand that urgently needs addressing.
Early identification and treatment can prevent the devastating effects of hearing loss; communication difficulties, isolation and loneliness, social exclusion, mental health issues, and cognitive decline.
Losing your hearing is frightening and when hearing aids no longer work, the only hope is a cochlear implant. Below are stories from cochlear implant recipients on the impact hearing loss and how a cochlear implant transformed their lives.