Hard of hearing hit by further funding cuts

A SERVICE for people with hearing difficulties in the Moorlands faces further cuts.

The national charity Action on Hearing Loss will no longer be able to supply residents in Leek with free NHS batteries or tubing for their hearing aids.

The changes add to the local Clinical Commissioning Group’s earlier decision not to provide hearing aids for those with mild hearing loss and the requirement of those with moderate hearing loss to demonstrate the impact on their quality of life.

No other area in the country is believed to have adopted a similar policy affecting the hard of hearing.

People concerned about their hearing can seek help and advice at drop-in sessions organised by Action on Hearing Loss at Leek Trinity Church on the second Tuesday of the month, between 10am and 12 pm.

More than 40,000 people in North Staffordshire have some form of hearing loss.

For information about the charity Action on Hearing Loss call 0808 808 0123.