BSHAA president Andrew Coulter said: “BSHAA will always oppose any actions that restrict access to hearing care and hearing technology. There is clear and comprehensive evidence of the clinical benefits of providing hearing aids for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. A growing body of evidence shows that hearing aids improve communication, social participation and overall health, including preventing depression and cognitive decline which, if untreated, can lead to dementia.
“The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that hearing aids are provided to all adults whose hearing loss affects their ability to communicate. We want to see all CCGs in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent following this guidance. The people of the county deserve to have access to hearing aids on the NHS.”
The consultation closes on 1 March. There are also a number of consultation events taking place around the county during February.