There are 732 people awaiting assessment for audiology services in Kerry.
That’s according to figures released by the HSE in response to a question from Cllr Brendan Cronin at the recent Regional Health Forum meeting.
The audiology service in Kerry administers and monitors hearing tests for children and adults at risk of hearing loss; they prescribe hearing aids and ear moulds, and provide ongoing monitoring.
The HSE says appointments are sent in a strict chronological order, according to clinical priority and receipt of the referral.
Children with a confirmed permanent hearing loss are provided with immediate appointments.
The service is delivered to children at University Hospital Kerry, with adults dealt with in primary care centres.
Currently there are 732 people awaiting assessment in Kerry, 301 children and 431 adults.
Of the total number 475 are waiting longer than three months, 84 of those are waiting over twelve months – these are all children; there are no adults waiting over a year.
One extra audiologist started with the audiology service in Kerry in February to address both waiting lists.
As a result, every child waiting longer than 12 months will be offered an appointment this month (May).