Updated NICE guidance makes 890 more children and adults eligible for cochlear implants on the NHS each year
As part of its work producing guidance, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has modified its definition of profound deafness, now recognised as only hearing sounds louder than 80dB HL at 2 or more frequencies without hearing aids. The new guidance is available here.
Meindert Boysen, Director of the Centre for Technology Evaluation, said:
“The appraisal committee listened to stakeholder concerns regarding the eligibility criteria for cochlear implants being out of date. Upon review it was concluded this needed to be updated.
“The new eligibility criteria for cochlear implants will ensure that they continue to be available on the NHS to those individuals who will benefit from them the most.”