‘Victory’ – Rotherham mum celebrates change in guidance on cochlear implants following campaign. Hundreds more children and adults with severe to profound hearing loss will be given the option of having cochlear implants following a campaign by a Rotherham mum.
It comes as the NHS watchdog NICE revised its definition of severe deafness – extending the number of people who could benefit. The guidance, previously referred to as ‘the strictest in the developed world’, was changed following a petition by mum-of-one Diane Matthews.
The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence estimates that 2,150 people in England will be eligible for cochlear implants each year by 2025, an increase from the 1,260 people who currently receive them. Ms Matthews said: “More people will now have an opportunity to have a Cochlear Implant. How many is really an unknown, there are assumptions being made but this is a victory.
Diane Matthews pictured with her dad Dave Berry at the Houses of Parliament in March 2017. “It’s taken over two years but we got there in the end.”