[Skip to Content]
Visit us on Facebook Visit us on FacebookVisit us on Twitter Visit us on TwitterVisit our RSS Feed View our RSS Feed
Blogadillo May 30th, 2020
CategoriesCategoriesCategories Contact UsContact Us ArchivesArchives Region/OfficeRegion SearchSearch



Date prong graphic

Patients With Hearing Loss Could Receive Poorer Medical Care

Posted by on September 7th, 2017 Posted in: Consumer Health

Untitled by Negative Space is licensed under CC0.

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.”

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and like us on Twitter.

Image of the author ABOUT Sara Goodwin

Email author View all posts by
Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012345 with the University of North Texas Health Science Center - Gibson D. Lewis Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.

NNLM and NATIONAL NETWORK OF LIBRARIES OF MEDICINE are service marks of the US Department of Health and Human Services | Copyright | Download PDF Reader