HC Deb 21 November 1977 vol 939 cc468-9W
Mr. Hannam

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the number of adults and children, respectively, fitted with behind-the-ear hearing aids, and the number of those reported as waiting for appointment and fitting in each region in England at the last date for which figures are available: and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Alfred Morris

In the period November 1974 to 30th September 1977, the latest date for which figures are available, 242,000 behind-the-ear hearing aids were issued to adults and 17,000 to children.

The numbers of adults and children in each region for whom an appointment had been made or who were on a waiting list for fitting of a behind-the-ear hearing aid the at 30th September 1977 were as follows:

Region Adults Children
Northern 5,869 9
Yorkshire 2,553 12
Trent 2,544 23
East Anglia 702 7
North West Thames 967 14
North East Thames 4,819 6
South East Thames 5,157 10
South West Thames 290 10
Wessex 1,086 11
Oxford 1,129 14
South Western 6,925 5
West Midlands 1,655 12
Mersey 2,295 2
North Western 2,101 9
Total 38,092 144

The hon. Member may like to know that, during September, approximately 12,000 of these aids were issued to new patients or on exchange for a body-worn model.