Generally the aim is to see your child proficient in NZSL.


An NZSL with auditory support option focuses on a philosophy that a child with a hearing loss is primarily part of the Deaf community. It uses some sounds to support the development of NZSL and/or enhance communication.

The option would preclude the use of cochlear implants as the child would not meet the criteria of implantation. They may be eligible for hearing aids.


  • The child is likely to develop strong NZSL language skills
  • The child is likely to be strongly connected with the NZSL/Deaf community
  • Is ability to communicate without a prosthetic device
  • No risks around using a prosthetic device
  • The child is likely to make some sense of environmental sounds
  • The child is likely to gain some language clues from the speech but not enough to easily communicate


  • Connection with non-NZSL ‘speakers’ would require the use of interpreters
  • Adaption of education environments would be required
  • Dependence on interpreters for education – especially higher education
  • Parents being able to learn NZSL fast enough – if they don’t know NZSL already


[To be completed]

Resources for further investigation