Paediatric Programme

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Brief overview

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.

The Northern Cochlear Implant Trust holds contracts with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education for the Northern Cochlear Implant Programme. Patients eligible for a publicly funded cochlear implant receive services from providers listed below: