Weir hears of increase in demand for NHS audiology services

Mike Weir MP is pictured with Robert Geaney from Action on Hearing Loss.

Mike Weir MP is pictured with Robert Geaney from Action on Hearing Loss.

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Local MP Mike Weir met recently with members of Action on Hearing Loss and found that demand for NHS audiology services has increased.

According to the charity’s latest report, ‘Under Pressure’, the use of services in Scotland has gone up over the last two years.

Hearing loss affects an estimated one in six people in Angus and, with an ageing population, the number of people who need help with their hearing loss is set to soar in coming years.

Mr Weir attended the Westminster event to discuss the charity’s research findings and find out about services which can provide life-changing support for his constituents who have hearing loss.

He said: “I was pleased to hear that the situation in Scotland is much better than in many areas of the UK, although that does not mean that there is not room for improvement.

“Action on Hearing Loss estimates that there are around 10,500 people in Angus who suffer from hearing loss which demonstrates the need for comprehensive services.”

Delia Henry, director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “We are delighted that Mr Weir realises the importance of patients not suffering a reduced quality of service due to increases in demand on audiology departments, as well as the positive impacts which third sector volunteers can play in services that are designed to meet the individual needs of patients.

“People, including those who are elderly and housebound or have mobility difficulties, should have easily accessible services in their communities to ensure they can make informed decisions about what support they would like to help them manage their hearing loss; without unnecessary travel or other barriers affecting their everyday life.”

The charity says that untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation and mental health problems as well as increasing the risk and impact of dementia and other long-term health conditions.

The full report can be found at www.actionhearingloss.org.uk/underpressure