Hearing Loss is Lonely

It doesn’t have to be that way.

The Pindrop Foundation Adult Cochlear Implant Forum


Hearing loss is lonely, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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.

The Campaign to end silence follows the World Health Organisations mission to make early detection and treatment of hearing loss a priority.

Hearing loss is lonely but it doesn't have to be that way.

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.


Welcome to ‘A year in the life’ where we have followed cochlear implant recipients on their journey back to a hearing world. In the words of one cochlear implant recipient, “My cochlear implant is a miracle.” It is time that everyone who needs a cochlear implant in New Zealand has access to their own miracle. Follow Scott and Charlotte’s journey back to a hearing world.


You could be eligible for a cochlear implant if:

  • A severe to profound hearing loss has been diagnosed.
  • Hearing aids are unable to help your level of hearing loss.
  • You are becoming socially isolated.
  • Your hearing loss means you are unable to work or your job is under threat.
  • You are unable to communicate effectively.

You will need to make an appointment with your audiologist to discuss your suitability for a cochlear implant and if suitable, they can refer you to your local cochlear implant program.

For more information on the cochlear implant assessment process:



Below are some videos from cochlear implant users, ENT surgeons, audiologists and researchers that you may find informative and helpful about the cochlear implant journey in New Zealand.



Disappointment and Frustration...
Cochlear implant clients, ENT surgeons and audiologists are extremely disappointed at the... read more
New Appointment at The Hearing...
New Appointment FOR audiology and therapy at The Hearing House The... read more


A few days in the life of Cabby...
These are the days in my CI life. Monday It’s AGM time at the local ladies club... read more
My Sounds of Life Experience,...
On Friday 10 th June, my hubby and I navigated our way through the Auckland afternoon... read more


Waikato Consumer Group...

23RD JUNE 2019

The Waikato Cochlear Implant Consumer Group welcomes those who have had or are waiting to have a...
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The Sounds of Life