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PS3.2m boost for hearing implants.

Byline: record reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

SEVERELY deaf children and adults will have their cochlear implant sound processors automatically upgraded every five years as part of a PS3.2million investment.

The programme will be rolled out from 2015-16 to ensure those with cochlear implants benefit from any changes to sound processor technology.

An implant, combined with a sound processor, provides a sense of sound and an understanding of speech to a profoundly deaf person or those severely hard of hearing.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said the Scottish Government investment would improve patients' quality of life.

She said: "It's only right we give patients access to lifechanging technology and I'm pleased to announce the funding will deliver a roll-out of this national upgrade."

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