A new study researching seniors found that there is a higher risk for medical error if they can’t understand everything a doctor or nurse says to them. About a third of seniors aged 65 to 74 have some form of hearing loss, and that increases to 50 percent for those individuals over the age of 75.
In the study, nearly half of the seniors reported they misheard the medical professional, which of course means there’s more likely to be an error reported.
Earlier research has shown that when there is better communication between doctor and patient, it could prevent 36 percent of medical errors.
And oftentimes, medical visits take place where there is a lot of background noise, which can make it more difficult for a person who has hearing loss to discern what someone is actually saying to them and what they can ignore. In addition, some health care providers have hearing loss, so they may not always hear patients’ concerns.
To read more about the study, please visit “Patients’ Hearing Loss May Mean Poorer Medical Care.”