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Hearing Aids

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 28 February 1952

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asked the Minister of Health the total number of Medresco hearing aids paid for up to March, 1951.

One hundred and eighty-nine thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight.


asked the Minister of Health whether he will exempt from payment for hearing aids people who have already been examined and placed on the waiting list.

There are about 100,000 outstanding applications, and I cannot undertake to exempt so large a number.


asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that Mr. R. H. Watson, of 25, East Norfolk Street, Carlisle, has been waiting to be supplied with a bone-conduction hearing aid since October, 1949; and when aids of this kind will be available.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Lowestoft (Mr. Edward Evans) on 29th November last.


asked the Minister of Health the number of applicants waiting to be supplied with bone-conduction hearing aids; and how long such applications have been registered.


asked the Minister of Health how many people are waiting for the bone-conduction type of hearing aids; and what progress is being made with the production of them.

About 4,000 are waiting, but the actual period of waiting is not known. Clinical trials of an experimental aid are now in progress.