Father gets cochlear implant tattoo for his hearing-impaired daughter


A New Zealand man recently got a tattoo resembling a cochlear implant on the side of his head to make his daughter feel more included after she received her second implant. The Campbell family from Taupo, central North Island, New Zealand got lots of unexpected attention as the picture of the implant, tattooed on the father’s otherwise bald head, went viral on social media. A photo on Twitter (see capture above) showing Mr Campbell’s new tattoo was commented on by tweeters from across the planet.

Six-year-old Charlotte received her first implant two years ago and recently needed a second one to help her to hear as well as possible. Before being fitted with CIs, her diagnosis went from mild hearing impairment to profound deafness in her left ear and a condition limiting the ability to transmit sound to her brain in her right ear. According to her mother, the first implant was of huge benefit to Charlotte, who beforehand would not talk to anybody only to become somewhat of a social butterfly after implantation.

Mr Campbell had no other tattoos before this one and said he wanted to do it to show Charlotte that he could also go through a little bit of pain for her. To get the tattoo, he shaved his head completely but said he would be letting his hair grow back. He planned to shave it off again and show off the tattoo on “special occasions,” or if Charlotte wanted to see it. When she first saw her dad’s tattooed version of the implant, Charlotte giggled, touched it, and told him it was “cool”.

Source: NZ Herald