Action on Hearing Loss have submitted a formal consultation response to the draft guideline on the assessment and management of hearing loss in adults published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Action on Hearing Loss lobbied for the publication of this guideline and the final version is due to be published in May 2018. The publication of the NICE guideline is vitally important. It reflects the national priority to tackle the growing public health challenge of hearing loss and will further strengthen the case for the prevention and management of hearing loss. It will enable providers and commissioners to recognise the impact of hearing loss on individuals, and the economic burden that unaddressed hearing loss places on the health and social care system. When put into practice, these guidelines have the potential to effectively target health and care resources to significantly improve patient outcomes, in line with the best available evidence of clinical and cost-effectiveness.
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