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HEARING AID SERVICES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1088: tabled on 08 February 2016

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 13 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House is concerned by recent proposals by a number of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to stop the routine funding of hearing aids for adults with mild or mild-to-moderate hearing loss; believes that such measures could have a serious effect on the lives of those who rely on hearing aids, potentially making it harder for thousands of hard-of-hearing people to communicate and participate in social activities; notes evidence that delaying the use of hearing aids until the onset of severe hearing loss can lead to poorer outcomes and difficulty adapting to the use of hearing aids; further notes studies linking hearing loss with depression if left untreated; welcomes recent public consultations which show strong opposition to the proposed cuts, and subsequent decisions by a number of CCGs to delay the plans pending the publication of the national report of the Hearing Loss Commissioning Guidance Advisory Group in April 2016; and urges all CCGs to maintain hearing aid services and explore alternative cost-saving options.