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Parliament: Bilateral Cochlear Implants

babycochlear.jpgJohn Heppell (Nottingham East, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his plans are for the future provision of simultaneous bilateral cochlear implant to those who require it.

Dawn Primarolo (Minister of State (Public Health), Department of Health; Bristol South, Labour)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance on 28 January 2009, recommending simultaneous bilateral cochlear as an option for children or adults who are blind or have other disabilities and who are not receiving adequate benefit from acoustic hearing aids.

Primary care trusts are required to make funding available within three months of final NICE guidance to enable clinicians to follow positive technology appraisal recommendations.

Comment:
As if one appearance on this issue in the Commons wasn't enough in one day! Not sure why this question is being asked, since NICE already recommended bilateral implants? Perhaps for the Ear Foundation this isn't moving fast enough?

Source:
They Work For You
Hansard

See also:
Parliament: Implementation of NICE Cochlear Implant Guidelines
Cochlear Implants prevent 'scrambling' in deaf brains
Parliament: Cochlear Implants & National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence
Cochlear's dirty marketing tricks
Oh god, not more CI deaths
Cochlear's aggressive marketing working
Cochlear Implantation Increases Meningitis Risk
Cochlear set to grow 20% in 5 years

Elsewhere:
NICE Guidance: Cochlear implants for severe to profound deafness in children and adults
Ear Foundation

Photo credit: bjorn2008 under CC

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