In June this year it was announced that people who live in North Staffordshire who need NHS-funded hearing aids were at risk of not getting them. North Staffordshire CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) control the healthcare budget for the area, and they suggested funding for NHS hearing aids should be stopped for adults who have mild to moderate adult-onset hearing loss.
Hundreds of people started worrying. If one CCG decided to stop funding, would every other CCG across the country do the same?
Would adults with hearing loss be forced into isolation?
Action On Hearing Loss set up a campaign and so far 6,000 people have signed their petition. (You can sign it here.)
Yesterday it was announced that audiologists across the country agree with both deaf people and Action on Hearing Loss, and don’t want to see the funding cut. They have written an open letter to North Staffordshire CCG urging them to think again about the deaf people who will suffer if they stop funding. You can see the letter and who signed it at actiononhearingloss.org.uk