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Wednesday, 16 April 1980
Page: 1541


Senator Grimes asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 6 March 1980.

(   1 ) What was the waiting time for eligible persons seeking hearing tests at each of the appropriate National Acoustics Laboratory facilities on 29 February 1 980.

(2)   What is the delay at each of these facilities in receiving hearing aids to which the tested persons, generally a pensioner, is entitled.


Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   I ) The average weekly waiting limes for the following categories of eligible persons seeking hearing tests at National Acoustic Laboratories hearing centres on 29 February 1980 were:

Category A- Babies and infants under 9 months.

Category B- Children 9 months to 4 years.

Category C- Children over 4 years thought to be deaf and requiring a hearing aid.

Category D- Children over 4 years thought not to require a hearing aid.

Category E- Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioners.

Category F- Department of Social Security Pensioners.

 

(2)   The average weekly delays between the time of the hearing test and the time of hearing aid fitting at National Acoustic Laboratories hearing centres on 29 February 1980 were-

 

 

It should be noted that the above figures are average times and additional delays may occur due to: the need for further assessment; treatment for medical conditions; inability of client to return when requested; delays in hearing aid supplies; or if a suitable hearing aid has to be especially prepared.







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