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November 12, 2007

Waiting lists for hearing aids out of control

Danes must be patient when in need of hearing tests and treatment with hearing aids at a public hospital. At some hospitals, the wait for the initial appointment for a preliminary examination may be as long as two years.

A good hearing is important for people to function at work and at home. If your hearing is damaged, waiting a long time for a hearing test and treatment with hearing aids can be quite an ordeal.

Yet, the waiting time in Denmark's public health system for hearing examinations prior to being issued hearing aids averages one year.

The longest recorded waiting time was 121 weeks, more than two full years. At the hospitals with the shortest waits, the lead time up to the initial examination is between three and four months.

A main reason for this predicament is a shortage of staff in the audiology departments at many Danish hospitals.


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