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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04532: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 7 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to establish a hearing screening pilot for all people aged 65 and over, as recommended by Action on Hearing Loss Scotland.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 15 November 2016

On screening issues we are advised by the UK National Screening Committee (NSC), an independent expert advisory group which advises Ministers and the NHS in the four UK countries about all aspects of screening.

In January 2016, following a review of the evidence against strict criteria, the Committee concluded that a screening programme for hearing loss in older adults should not be introduced.

More information about the Committee's recommendation can be found at:

The UK NSC regularly reviews its recommendations on screening in light of new research evidence becoming available and we will give careful consideration to any change to the recommendation.