HC Deb 20 July 2004 vol 424 c164W
Chris Ruane

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many digital hearing aids were fitted in each of the past seven years in each region of England. [180034]

Dr. Ladyman

The national health service fitted very few, if any, digital hearing aids before September 2000. The modernising hearing aid services project began as a pilot project in September 2000, initially in only 20 sites. In the first 18 months of the project to April 2002, about 30,000 digital hearing aids were fitted. A further 42,000 aids were issued in the year to April 2003; and 80,000 were fitted in the year to April 2004. We are unable to give a breakdown of digital hearing aid provision by region.