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Two-year wait for hearing aid

Hard of hearing residents across the Black Country are still facing two-year waits for new digital aids, it was revealed today.

Health chiefs said they were working hard to cut delays but angry patients are claiming the NHS is failing them.

Half of Dudley patients are still facing two or three year delays and so are Wolverhampton residents.

Lesley Shore, director of specialist services for Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust, said: “For existing patients with an analogue hearing aid, the waiting time to upgrade to a digital aid is currently 24 months.

“However we anticipate that this will reduce substantially to 16 months by the end of this summer.”

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