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      Discover our position on many aspects of access to health services and social care for people with hearing loss.

      Our policy statements on health and social care set out our views on the provision of hearing aids and other treatments and ways of managing hearing loss as well as how people with hearing loss access health services and social care.

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      Access to Health and Social Care

      Government, the NHS, GPs and other health care services must take action to meet the requirements of equality legislation and standards for accessible information and communication, to ensure people with hearing loss can access health care without barriers.

      Policy statement
      Updated 14 Aug 2019
      Health and social care

      Access all areas Northern Ireland

      This report examines the experiences of people with hearing loss and deafness when accessing primary healthcare services in Northern Ireland.

      Policy statement
      Updated 1 Oct 2017
      Health and social care

      Cochlear Implants

      More adults could benefit from cochlear implantation. This statement makes recommendations for how this can be achieved, including calling on NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) to review and update its guidance, better public awareness and improved referral rates from audiology.

      Policy statement
      Updated 14 Aug 2019
      Health and social care

      For many people with hearing loss, lipreading is a vital communication skill. Most people learn to lipread by attending classes, which also provide useful information and support. We want to see lipreading support more widely available and recognised as an essential part of rehabilitation.

      Policy statement
      Updated 6 Feb 2014
      Health and social care

      Portability and ordinary residence

      People with hearing loss have access to different levels and types of social services provision, depending on where they live, which can make it difficult for people to move. We support reforms to the rules that would help people live in their preferred locality and living arrangement.

      Policy statement
      Updated 19 Jun 2012
      Health and social care

      Social care

      Social care can help people who are deaf or have hearing loss communicate with other people, get into and remain in work and look after their health and wellbeing. Despite its benefits, we know that people who are deaf of have hearing loss often struggle to access the social care they need due to social care funding cuts, unwarranted variations in service quality and provision, and poor co-ordination between health and social care services.

      Policy statement
      Updated 18 Jun 2018
      Health and social care

      We believe high-quality support, therapies and information are vital in easing the distress tinnitus can cause. Provision of audiology and tinnitus services should be protected, local variation in access and quality of services should be addressed, and there should be better public awareness about prevention.

      Policy statement
      Updated 23 Feb 2014
      Health and social care