The clown with the funny face has gone. Or almost so.
I’ve been putting off writing this post because the initial announcement from NICE* on changed eligibility criteria for cochlear implants in England and Wales was flagged as confidential, with a publication date of 27 February. But the National Cochlear Implant Users Association has gone public so if they can, I can. It’s excellent news. The new criteria are more generous and many more people should qualify for an implant as a result.
What’s with the clowns? They were part of the dreaded Bamford-Kowal-Bench (BKB) test and it will go. No longer will people sit in soundproof rooms and listen to a tape of someone with very clear diction, speaking very loudly, working through a list of sentences and pausing for a lengthy period between each one. Continue reading