Five health commissioners across Durham and Teesside are working together to re- procure the Direct Access to Adult Hearing Services for Age Related Hearing Loss – Audiology Services and we would like your views to help us do that.
The impact of hearing loss in adults can be immense both at a personal and a societal level leading to social isolation, depression, loss of independence and employment challenges.
One in six people in the UK has some form of hearing loss. Most are elderly people who are gradually losing their hearing as part of the ageing process, with more than 70% of over 70 year-olds and 40% of over 50 year-olds having some form of hearing loss.
The aim of the service is to provide a comprehensive, patient-centred, direct access adult hearing service for age-related hearing loss in line with national guidance and local requirements.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
A period of eight weeks, public engagement began on Monday 14th May 2018 until Friday 6th July 2018. We will be gathering the views of service users and local stakeholders about their experience of the current service and seeking suggestions on how to improve a future service.
You can get involved by completing an online questionnaire, using the following web link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Audiologysurvey2018
If you would prefer to talk to someone about your experiences, please contact Tina Balbach, Engagement Lead for NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group on 07825 732163.