According to research by Action on Hearing Loss, around 40% of NHS audiology services are facing cuts in funding.
There are also indications that waiting times are getting longer and there is less follow-up care. Most worryingly of all, in some cases, patients are only being given one hearing aid.
The BBC reports:
Using the Freedom of Information Act, Action on Hearing Loss asked all 135 hospitals with audiology units whether they were having to scale back services.
In total 128 replied, with 43% reporting some kind of cut.
The most common problems were rises in waiting times, reductions in follow-up appointments – considered vital to helping people adapt to their hearing aids – and a lack of specialist staff to deal with complex cases.
But the report also found evidence of trusts starting to provide only one hearing aid when two had been judged to be clinically necessary.
The seven health boards in Wales were also asked about cuts, but only two responded, with one saying waiting times were increasing.
Read the full BBC report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20034646
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