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Meg Munn celebrates major improvements to NHS hearing aid services

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley, who has been campaigning with the Royal National Institute for the Deaf to get the NHS to make digital hearing aids available to all, today welcomed two new breakthroughs in the campaign, which will lead to further modernisation of hearing aid services in the UK.

Negotiations with hearing aid manufacturers have dramatically reduced the cost of digital hearing aids to the NHS from £140 - £205 to just £70 - £75

This significantly reduced price means a cost saving to NHS Trusts and makes it possible for all NHS audiology departments to begin fitting digital hearing aids.

RNID has also just published Best Practice Standards for Adult Audiology - the first comprehensive set of standards to provide a blueprint for how audiology services should be run. The standards, which are jointly funded by the Department of Health, will help transform the service provided to deaf and hard of hearing people by the Health Service.

Meg said, "Sheffield Children’s Hospital Trust has been modernised in the last year and can now fit digital hearing aids, I urge the other local NHS trusts to take advantage of these fantastic new developments and modernise their hearing aid services. For very little money, tens and thousands of local people could enjoy a significantly improved quality of life by having well fitted digital hearing aids.

I was delighted to attend the Sheffield Deaf Children Society Summer Fair at Silverdale Secondary School on Saturday, and I know that parents and children there believe this news will make a big difference to so many people’s lives."

ENDS

Notes to Editor: Advanced digital hearing aids perform better than traditional, poorer quality analogue NHS aids because they can be adjusted to suit the specific needs of each user - this means better hearing quality with background noise reduced and wearers can hear speech more clearly in a wider range of situations.

 


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