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Hearing Aids

Volume 464: debated on Thursday 12 May 1949

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71.

asked the Minister of Health how many patients have been recommended a Medresco hearing aid; how many aids have been provided; how many are still being awaited; and when he expects that production will catch up with demand.

The precise number is not known, but over 19,000 have been distributed out of the total of more than 41,000 manufactured. The total number on the waiting lists at distribution centres is 56,000. It is not possible to estimate when demands will be met since the size of the demand is itself not known.

76.

asked the Minister of Health what percentage of deaf persons applying for hearing aids under the National Health Service Act have found the Medresco type unsuitable.

The percentage is not known but my information suggests that it is very small.