09 December 2022
NCHA member update – 9 December
- RNID launches campaign on ear care access
- Competition watchdogs raise concerns about cochlear implants
- World Hearing Day planning webinar
- NCHA consultation roundup
- Other sector news
RNID launches campaign on ear care access
The RNID has said that 73% of respondents with earwax report hearing loss, 50% experience earache or discomfort, 37% report tinnitus and 25% experience dizziness.
The RNID has launched a new campaign to improve access to ear care for impacted earwax.
Its research found people often found it challenging to access NHS-funded care, including a lack of locally commissioned services and long waits, which meant more people were seeking this care privately.
The RNID also found that 26% of survey respondents could not afford the average cost of £50 to £100 to remove impacted earwax.
The charity says more than 2.3 million people in the UK need help with earwax each year and the NHS needs to fund more primary care capacity to meet this need.
Emily McCabe, NCHA hearing health policy officer, said: "The NCHA fully supports the need for the NHS to fund equitable access to primary care audiology, including earwax management. Our colleagues in ENT are under pressure, as too are GP partners in primary care. The NHS should commission a primary care audiology service to provide this essential care based on clinical need."
Competition watchdogs raise concerns about cochlear implants
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has raised concerns that Cochlear's proposed acquisition of Oticon Medical could adversely impact investment in innovation and prices of cochlear implants due to reduced competition.
In the UK, the CMA said the merger of two leading implant providers could result in "higher prices for the NHS, and reduced quality and slower innovation for UK patients who rely on these life-changing devices". Read the CMA's concerns.
World Hearing Day planning webinar
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has had to reschedule the webinars on World Hearing Day 2023 planned for 7 December, as shared in our 18 November update.
Instead, they will take place on 12 January. Register for morning or afternoon session on 12 January. Start times are in Zurich's time zone, not GMT.
The NCHA has responded to the BAA and BSHAA consultation on onward referral guidance for audiology. Read our response.
We are now finalising our response to the HCPC consultations on registrant fees and preceptorships. If you would like to participate, please email [email protected].
- The HCPC has published this helpful blog on carrying out and recording CPD in challenging times. It is worth a read for all HADs
- Hearing Journal publishes Rethinking the audiogram for hearing aid selection
- BSA APD SIG is recruiting. Get involved
- Outgoing BSHAA chief executive David Welbourn calls for a single pathway for private and public care. Read more
- Musician and TV music show presenter Jools Holland promotes hearing care as part of Specsavers campaign
- The BAA and BSHAA reflect on their 2022 conference
- Research identifies new pathway to access the inner ear using 3D imaging technology. Read here
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