Recently, you may have seen information on the Internet about changes in the NHS meaning hearing aids will not be given to deaf patients. We want to tell you the facts.
Not all deaf patients will be affected. Firstly, only the North Staffordshire area is considering this change (but the worry is that other areas will follow). Children will continue to get hearing aids. People who have NHS hearing aids now will not have to give them back. But, people who are hard of hearing (mild to moderate) will be at risk of not getting hearing aids if they need them.
Why? Giving people hearing aids costs the NHS £1.2 million a year. According to research by Action on Hearing Loss, 9.4 million people have mild to moderate hearing loss but only 1.4 million wear hearing aids regularly. 600,000 have been given NHS hearing aids but don’t use them. This costs the NHS a lot of money.
When will this happen? A decision has not been made.
Who had the idea? North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Clinicial Commisioning Advisory Group (CCAG).
Is this a good money-saving idea, or a really bad idea for deaf patients? Tweet us at SignHealth.
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