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Interesting read: Commissioning to Meet Hearing Need and for Better Access, Outcomes, Quality and Choice

Guidance for commissioners and providers on provision of adult hearing services. This guidance is produced by the National Community Hearing Association (NCHA) and the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA). NCHA and BSHAA, June 2014

 

Executive Summary

Today 88% of the 8.4 million people in England with mild, moderate or severe hearing loss are aged 50 and over (AoHLa). People with moderate hearing loss can find it difficult to follow speech without support and it is estimated that 5.1 million people aged over 44 in England have a moderate or severe hearing loss (POPPI 2014). Research has shown that early detection and support for hearing loss can help reduce the risk of depression, anxiety and sadness (National Council on Aging 2000). This is further supported by the Chief Medical Officer’s latest Annual Report which acknowledges that appropriate support for hearing loss can have “a substantial impact on quality of life” (Chief Medical Officer2014).

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