In a February 9, 2015, opinion piece for The Guardian, writer Jackie Ashley bemoans recent reductions in hearing aid coverage and hearing health services that were previously provided mostly free-of-charge by the National Health Service (NHS) for many people in the United Kingdom. According to Ashley’s article, various clinical commissioning groups across England and Wales are withdrawing NHS-funded hearing aids for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. This change occurs due to what Ashley refers to as “austerity economics,” whereby new NHS structures in the UK have led to alterations in commissioning practices in an effort to reduce overall expenditures.
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Source: The Guardian