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Fantastic news about digital hearing aids

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley is absolutely delighted with the latest news from the Department of Health about Digital Hearing Aids.

Meg, who has been campaigning for a long time to bring Digital Hearing Aids to Sheffield"s adults has heard today that the Government will be making the money available to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals from April 2003, as one of an extra 17 hospital trusts to take part in the Modernising Hearing Aid Services project.

Meg, who has had a letter from the Health Minister Jacqui Smith confirming the good news said

"From my post bag I know just how strongly many of my constituents feel about this issue. Here in Sheffield we have made digital hearing aids available for our children, but there was still a huge demand from adults that was not being met. Now thousands of people in Sheffield will be able to enjoy a significantly improved quality of life by having well fitted digital hearing aids. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals will now receive the equipment and training necessary to allow them to fit digital hearing aids from next April. This is tremendous news and I am absolutely delighted. "


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.
Prior to the modernisation programme, advanced digital hearing aids were only available from private hearing aid dispensers for about £2000 each, and out of reach of most people. Negotiations with hearing aid manufacturers have dramatically reduced the cost to the NHS to just £70 - £75


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