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Dual cochlear implants welcomed

Parents of deaf children had lobbied the Scottish Parliament for the change

Thousands of deaf adults and children are to be offered dual cochlear implants on the NHS in Scotland for the first time.

The move, to be announced on Friday, was welcomed by parents, The National Deaf Children's Society and the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.

Health authorities were previously only obliged to provide one implant.

Cochlear implants use a microphone to pick up sounds which are transferred to an implanted receiver.

Parents of deaf children had lobbied the Scottish Parliament for the change.

They called on the NHS in Scotland to adopt recommendations made by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence to routinely offer two cochlear implants.

Campaigners believe offering dual cochlear implants will help children with hearing difficulties maximise their communication skills.

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