Guidance on Identifying Non-Routine Cases of Hearing Loss in Adults

Posted by 616 on April 29, 2015

Guidance on Identifying Non-Routine Cases of Hearing Loss in Adults

April 29, 2015 at 8:37 AM

Posted 29th April 2015

Guidance on Identifying Non-Routine Cases of Hearing Loss in Adults

Introduction: 

Routine, direct referral adult care pathways in the UK specifically fund hearing aid fitting, but provide no financial support for supplementary or additional forms of rehabilitation, such as communication skills training, additional rehabilitation time or assistive listening devices. Many hearing impaired adults may choose, or would benefit from, additional or alternative intervention, and some are likely to require a significant amount of time and resources for additional assessment and/or rehabilitation. For the purposes of this document these cases are deemed to be non-routine (or complex) cases for hearing loss management. 

This document is intended to enable clinicians to direct hearing impaired adults along the most appropriate treatment pathway and to enable effective discussions between commissioners and Audiology professionals by identifying cases of hearing loss in adults that are likely to be unsuitable for the routine adult care pathway. 

Presentation of these issues may arise at any point in the care pathway, whether at receipt of referral by Audiology, initial assessment, hearing aid fitting (if appropriate) or follow up. 

It should be noted that this document does not advise clinicians on the management of non-routine cases, and clinicians are referred to current evidence-based practice and to the British Society of Audiology’s Practice Guidance documents, particularly the “Practice Guidance on Common principles of rehabilitation for adults with hearing- and/or balance-related problems in routine audiology services.

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