Hearing loss is a major contributor to poor communication adversely affecting healthcare outcomes. As the third most prevalent chronic condition experienced by older adults, it’s time to consider the cost and impact of hearing loss on a population expected to number 98 million in 2040.
Recent studies are looking at the cost of hearing loss and the use of hearing aids as it relates to healthcare services including hospitalization, length of hospital stay, and use of emergency departments. Increased accessibility to hearing technology can lead to a healthier and more independent older population while increasing financial and social benefits for all of us.
Enjoy this month’s article, “Association Between Hearing Aid Use and Health Care Use and Cost Among Older Adults With Hearing Loss.” Elham Mahmoudi, PhD, Philip Zazove, MD, Michelle Meade, PhD, et. al.
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