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Ear Health

Population Outcome: People living in Suffolk and North East Essex have Good Ear Health

The best ear health throughout life is essential if everyone in Suffolk and North East Essex is to start well, live well and age well. Ensuring access to information, preventative care and treatment is vital in ensuring people can maintain good ear health.


Barometer Measure

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Prevalence Data

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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Ear wax - paying for care


Access to health and care for d/Deaf and Hard of hearing people in Suffolk

Healthwatch Suffolk report about people's experiences and top tips for services and commissioners July 2023.

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Affordable ear waxing

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Published Evidence

Inequalities in Hearing Loss

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Children and Hearing Loss

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Further Reading

Further Information

Useful Organisations

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Our Ambition

What we know matters and why

What matters?Why?
I am able to access ear health checksEasy access to hearing checks enables me to have any hearing impairment diagnosed early.
I have access to high quality ear healthcareEarly diagnosis and treatment of oral conditions where I also have long term conditions or disabilities can enable treatment of pain, infections and diseases.

Good communication between my community hearing service, GP and audiology specialist means I can be tested and diagnosed with any serious condition more quickly.
I have the information I need to have good ear health.Understanding the signs of ear conditions means I can seek help early.
I am treated as an individualTreating me and my family with dignity and respect, recognising my culture, characteristics and life circumstances, means my care and support is inclusive, sensitive and responsive to my needs.
I am seen and heardGiving me choice and control over my ear care means I am better able to manage my condition.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will co-produce campaigns to raise awareness of preventing hearing loss, the signs of hearing impairments, the ways to access hearing tests, and the support available for all age groups, people with disabilities and long term conditions, and diverse communities.We will promote sharing of records between community providers and secondary care.
We will ensure children and adults eligible for free hearing tests and free or low cost equipment, care and support are aware of their rights.We will promote sharing of records between community providers and secondary care – ear health specialists and other specialisms relevant to the patient.
We will enable people have access to low cost, local ear waxing services.We will support people to maintain their health and wellbeing before, while waiting for, during and after treatment to help them stay well and recover well.
We will encourage the use of hearing loops in public buildings.

Case Studies – how we are making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

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Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board – Joint Forward Plan
Be Well


Ipswich and East Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

North East Essex 
Alliance Delivery Plan

West  Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

Last Updated on 14 February 2024

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