§ 76. Mr. Erroll
asked the Minister of Health if he is now in a position to make available evidence as to the percentage of deaf people who continue to use their Medresco hearing aids after an initial period of six months.
§ 79. Mr. Prescott
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that patients in the area of the Blackburn and District Hospital Management Committee have to travel to Preston to attend the nearest hearing aid distribution centre; that this 140W causes considerable inconvenience and expense; and whether he will set up distribution centres in other towns served by this committee.
§ 80. Mr. Prescott
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that 2,485 patients in the area of the Blackburn and District Hospital Management Committee are awaiting examination preparatory to the issue of a hearing aid; and what steps he will take to expedite the examination of these patients.
§ 85. Sir H. Lucas-Tooth
asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that the technical investigations for adapting the Medresco hearing aid with a bone conductor receiver have not yet been completed, he will make arrangements whereby existing holders of commercial hearing aids can obtain battery replacements, free of charge; and if he will also make arrangements for deaf persons to obtain commercial hearing aids, free of charge, where it can be shown that the Medresco aid is unsuitable.
125. Surgeon Lieut.-Commander R. Bennett
asked the Minister of Health when Mr. A. G. Lawes of 32, Carberry Drive, Portchester, may expect to receive a hearing aid.
§ Mr. W. J. Taylor
asked the Minister of Health what was the number on the waiting list for hearing aids at the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital, Bradford, on 31st May, 1949; the number on the waiting list on 31st May, 1950; the rate of distribution at 31st May, 1949; and the rate of distribution at 31st May, 1950.