This year Cochlear are celebrating 30 years of giving people with severe to profound hearing loss the gift of hearing. There has been a reunion of all involved in the first multi-channel Cochlear Implant operation. In the US there is a massive celebration planned at the annual Cochlear conference.
In New Zealand we have just over 20 years history of doing implants. After 20 years there are around 850 people with Cochlear Implants. Just over 320 of those are children. Only 16% of these children have ‘two ears’.