Waiting over two years for a hearing aid

An elderly Laois woman has been told by the HSE that she will have to wait at least two and a half years to be assessed for a hearing aid.

An elderly Laois woman has been told by the HSE that she will have to wait at least two and a half years to be assessed for a hearing aid.

So revealed Laois/Offaly TD Brian Stanley, calling on the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, to provide additional resources for hearing aid services and eye surgery in Laois as waiting lists grow.

Deputy Stanley said the waiting times in Laois are unacceptable.

“I was contacted recently by an elderly constituent with hearing difficulties who was informed by the HSE that she will have to wait at least two and a half years to be assessed for a hearing aid. As this person’s hearing is deteriorating this situation is totally unacceptable and the service is akin to that of a third world. Our senior citizens deserve better treatment than this,” he said.

He went on to say thatpatients awaiting eye surgery are also on growing waiting lists, with the average waiting time to see a consultant in Portlaoise for cataract problems 12 months or more, and a further wait of up to a year for the surgery itself.

“This two year wait is again unacceptable for people with sight and vision difficulties,” Deputy Stanley declared.