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


An NZSL-only option focuses on a philosophy that a child with a hearing loss is primarily part of the Deaf community. It uses no auditory inputs.

The option would preclude the use of any form of technology such as hearing aids, conductive aids or cochlear implants.


  • 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


  • 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
  • Risks around not having any access to environmental sounds for warning (vehicles, shouts of danger, etc)
  • Full conversational communication limited to the NZSL community (currently 20,000 and declining)


[To be completed]

Resources for further investigation