Hearing aids are a lifeline to people with hearing loss and have been available on the NHS since 1948. They're highly cost-effective and have very clear clinical benefits for the people who wear them. In fact, they're accepted to be the only viable treatment for people with adult-onset hearing loss.
That's why we've been extremely concerned by proposals made by a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) since 2014 to make cuts to the provision of hearing aids – and why we're campaigning hard to prevent this.
Most CCGs have decided against cutting hearing aids after listening to feedback from the public and experts, but one CCG has stopped providing hearing aids for many people who need them.