The New Zealand Government provides hearing screening for all newborns in New Zealand. For further information on The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention Programme see http://www.nsu.govt.nz/newborn-hearing-screening.aspx
Some children are born with a hearing loss, and others develop a hearing loss later on. There are varying levels of hearing loss. For an overview of hearing loss in New Zealand, see www.nfd.org.nz. Many children receive adequate benefit from hearing aids; however, a cochlear implant should be considered for children who do not receive adequate benefit from hearing aids.