Hearing Loss in Seniors Hinders Communication With Health Care Workers
Hearing loss is common among seniors and twice as common in people with diabetes, and that’s a problem when it comes to communicating with health care providers. In a study of 100 adults age 60 and older who were interviewed during health care visits, 57 reported having some degree of hearing loss and 43 said they had misheard a physician or nurse at some point. Of those, 36 percent reported missing specific pieces of information about their illness or treatment, while 29 percent had missed entire messages or meanings. If you have hearing loss, don’t be afraid to ask your health care provider to repeat the information. It’s also a smart idea to bring along a friend or family member, who can listen in and take notes for you.
Source: JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, published online Aug. 24, 2017