jireh-squareWe know how effective cochlear implants can be and it is always a delight to see the impact they have on our patients, many of whom literally hear things differently for the first time in their lives.

Founded in 2003, the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP) covers all regions south of Taupo and allows children and adults to reconnect to the world of sound.

What We Need

Our work creates a lifetime of difference for the young babies, children and adults referred to us with severe to profound hearing loss. With support from the Ministry of Health and public donations we have changed the lives of over 650 people.

If you or your organisation would like to help someone hear things differently, you can assist us by making a donation. All donations are tax deductible.

Please send your cheque, name and address to Southern Hearing Charitable Trust, Milford Chambers, 249 Papanui Road, Christchurch. Or you can donate by clicking the link below.

Funding for cochlear implants

The Ministry of Health provides funding for bilateral cochlear implants for children 0-19 years who meet the Ministry of Health’s candidacy criteria. Candidacy is determined via a referral and assessment process.

Funding for children 0-19 years provides surgery, equipment, outpatient follow-up and support costs. Families may also be eligible for travel and accommodation assistance through the Ministry of Health’s NTA system.

Families are expected to insure the speech processor against loss, theft, or non-warrantable damage.

Once children reach 19, they move from the paediatric to the adult programme. Adults are expected to fund the cost of all spare parts, non-warranty repairs and batteries. All other costs continue to be met by the Ministry of Health.

People who would benefit from a cochlear implant but do not meet the Ministry of Health’s funding criteria may opt to find the procedure privately. The initial cost of this is in the order of $45,000 to $50,000. Ongoing support costs are additional.