People with hearing loss tell us that hearing aids are their lifeline; they are a highly cost-effective intervention with very clear clinical benefits. Hearing aids have been available on the NHS since 1948 and they are accepted to be the only viable treatment for people with adult-onset hearing loss. That is why we have been extremely concerned over recent months by proposals from a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to make cuts to the provision of hearing aids – and why we have been campaigning hard to prevent these.
Vital hearing loss services under threat
Our new Hearing Matters report presents the most up to date facts and figures on deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss, and calls for hearing aids to remain free of charge on the NHS for everyone who needs them.
We are concerned that parts of the country may see major threats to provision.
Find out what we have been doing to fight proposed cuts in North Staffordshire, South Staffordshire, Mid Essex, South Norfolk , Devon and Cornwall.
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What's it like to have hearing loss?
If you don't suffer from hearing loss, it may be difficult to imagine exactly how vital hearing aids are for those who do. Click on the sound clips below to hear simulations of what a person with hearing loss might experience without a hearing aid.