Understanding and addressing the impact of hearing acuity on healthcare and healthcare communication
Lori A. Pakulski, University of Toledo, United States ; Molly McCormick, University of Tennessee, United States ; Taylor Robbins, Jennifer Glassman, University of Toledo, United States ; Erika S. Squires, Wayne State University, United States
Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice Volume 15, Number 1, ISSN 2405-4526 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Patient-professional relationships are essential to general well-being and resilience, and the cornerstone of those relationships is good communication. Yet, more than 33% of adults over the age of 65 have disabling hearing loss (World Health Organization, 2012) that hinders communication, and the incidence increases to about 50% among adults 75 years and older (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 2016). This is of particular concern because fewer than 25% of adults with hearing loss seek intervention (Hearing Loss Association of America, 2018). Thus, hearing acuity is a significantly underreported factor in patient care that must be addressed. The authors discuss the role of hearing and ways inter-professional teams can address hearing loss in an aim to improve patient communication and healthcare, and ultimately well-being.
Pakulski, L.A., McCormick, M., Robbins, T., Glassman, J. & Squires, E.S. (2019). Understanding and addressing the impact of hearing acuity on healthcare and healthcare communication. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 15(1), 138-141. Elsevier Ltd.