New Direct Referral Guidance from BAA
This document is intended to guide the practice of those who make direct referral of adults with routine or complex hearing difficulties to Audiology services in the UK, primarily GPs.
Along with “Guidelines for Audiologists: Onward Referral of Adults with Hearing Difficulty Directly Referred to Audiology Services (2016) 1 ”, this document replaces the earlier guidelines (BAA 20092 , TTSA 19893,4 ) and has been approved by the Board of the British Academy of Audiology.
This document comprises a set of criteria which are contraindications for direct referral of adults with hearing difficulties to Audiology services for hearing assessment and rehabilitative treatment, either from Primary Care or via other intra-hospital Consultant pathways. Audiology services are expected to make reasonable efforts to make local GPs aware of this guidance and support their understanding of its application. The criteria have been written for all adults (age 18+), but local specifications regarding age range for direct referral should be adhered to.
A simple checklist has been included as an appendix, to summarise the criteria detailed in this document.
Read the full guidance here