The Action Group today (20.7.2018) submitted our suggested revised candidacy criteria to NICE as part of their stakeholder consultation. More details on the consultation can be found here https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-ta10362
NICE will now examine the suggestions from the consultation and come back with new candidacy criteria for a further stage of consultation in August before considering recommendations in October.
Our suggested new candidacy criteria for section 1.5 of TA166;
“For the purposes of this guidance, severe to profound deafness is defined as hearing sounds that are greater than or equal to 80dBHL (≥80dBHL) at two or more frequencies (at 500Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz, 3000Hz and 4000Hz) bilaterally without acoustic hearing aids.
Adequate benefit from acoustic hearing aids is defined for this guidance as:
- For adults, a phoneme score of 50% or greater on the AB word test presented at 70dB SPL A
- For children, speech, language and listening skills appropriate to age, developmental stage and cognitive ability”
Evidence for this can be found in our previous submission-link below and in the research section. Our response to NICE can be found here collated-response-bcig-action-group-for-response-final-16-1-2018-3 (1)