Just recently, The Ear Foundation launched its “Spend To Save” Europe-wide report to confirm the real cost of hearing loss and how access to today’s [hearing] technology across Europe, can transform individual lives and save public funds.
Actual figures put the UK’s total loss from not making hearing technology available, at the €30 billion mark when medical and occupational impacts are added to the personal costs.
Duthey noted in 2013 that Europe’s costs from not investing in hearing loss, were:
- Germany: €30 billion
- France: €22 billion
- UK: €22 billion
- Italy: €21 billion
- Spain: €16 billion
- Poland: €14 billion
- Holland: €6 billion
Meantime, in January 2017 the British Cochlear Implant Group (BCIG) ran a survey into who should be eligible for cochlear implants on the NHS in the UK, with data collection in partnership with the University of Nottingham and University College London. The BCIG survey seeks “to create a single unified message about who could benefit from cochlear implantation to guide any future changes to service provision in the UK.”
Separately, Ireland had 1204 cochlear implantees (children and adults) at November 2016, according to the National Cochlear Implant Centre (NCIC) at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital.
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