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Hearing Loss (Trauma)

Volume 87: debated on Thursday 21 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in Scotland suffered complete or virtually complete loss of hearing as a result of trauma, in the last year for which figures are available; and what facilities for rehabilitation and training are available for them.

I regret that the information is not held centrally. A multi-disciplinary approach is encouraged to the rehabilitation and training of those who have suffered a loss of hearing from whatever cause. This can involve audiometricians, speech therapists, social workers and other specialist services. The Manpower Services Commission's full range of rehabilitation and training facilities is available to the deaf and partially-hearing. In the voluntary sector, the link centre for deafened people is able to offer specialised residential assistance.