National deafblind charity Sense has today (19 November) commended North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group’s decision not to restrict hearing aid provision. 

The charity has previously been critical of North Staffordshire CCG’s decision to withdraw NHS funded hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate adult-onset hearing loss.  Sense argued that cuts to hearing aid provision were not cost  effective as it would reduce the quality of life for patients and lead to increased demand and cost for NHS and social care services in the long-term.

 Sue Brown, Head of Public Policy at Sense said: 

“By consulting with the public regarding its proposals, North East Essex CCG has recognised the withdrawal of hearing aids from patients living with a mild hearing loss would have had a significant and detrimental impact to health, quality of life and overall wellbeing.

“We know that many audiology services are under severe pressure from government spending cuts and increasing demand for services, so we commend North East Essex for recognising hearing aids as a cost-effective intervention. The decision not to restrict provision is a relief to many patients living with hearing loss including many of the people Sense supports who are both deaf and blind.”