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Hearing Aid Dispensers

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give figures for the reduction in the numbers of registered independent hearing aid dispensers, on a six-monthly basis, since the introduction of smaller aids in the National Health Service range.

I have been asked to reply.The available figures of qualified hearing aid dispensers registered with the Hearing Aid Council are:

At 31 December 1974734
At 31 December 1975733
At 31 December 1976766
At 31 December 1977695
At 31 December 1978565

The register was extended to cover dispensers in Northern Ireland from 1976. Seventeen dispensers in Northern Ireland are included in the total for 1976.