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You can be referred for a Cochlear implant at any age; we accept referrals from Audiologists, ENTs, AoDC, SLTs and GPs. If you are over 19 and have your audiological information it is possible to self refer.  


You can be referred in for a public assessment or a private assessment. It is possible to meet the criteria for a cochlear implant to be beneficial but not meet funding criteria.  


To be eligible for a cochlear implant you must  live permanently in New Zealand. Evidence of citizenship or a resident class visa is required. Public referrals at The Hearing House are accepted for anyone living in the Northern Cochlear implant region. See map below.  


Prior to referral all clients must be fit with appropriate hearing aids and receive little or no significant benefit.  

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