According to experts, offering hearing care closer to home has considerable advantages for patients; including improved access and the potential to improve hearing aid compliance. The professional consensus on the benefits of hearing care closer to home in the UK can be traced back to 1997 when – as part of a large systematic and service review – the Department of Health funded a national survey of audiology departments. Heads of NHS audiology departments were asked about the benefits and disadvantage of outreach clinics for adult hearing aid services:
Included improved access for patients, encouraged hearing aid use and maintenance and better continuity of care.
Included that it was harder to organise staff, there was a lack of suitable facilities and fewer senior staff were available for training/supervising juniors1.
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