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Hearing Aids

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when high power hearing aids to replace current National Health Service hearing aids were first introduced in Scotland; how many have been supplied in each of the last five years; and what has been the cost.

High power hearing aids were first included in the NHS range about 20 years ago. The latest edition, which replaced several earlier models, is a body-worn type BW61, introduced in August 1978.The total number of high power aids issued since 1975 is not readily ascertainable; but the number of model BW61s issued, and the cost, are given below:

No of Aids*Cost
1978 (August onwards)150£3,537
1979624£17,747
1980 (to 31 May)518£14,732
*excludes the cost of batteries