Hearing loss: Why does it matter for nursing homes

EM McCreedy, BE Weinstein, J Chodosh, J Blustein
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, JAMDA [Journal of the American Medical Directors Association] 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2017.12.007

Over the past decade, hearing loss has emerged as a key issue for aging and health. We describe why hearing loss may be especially disabling in nursing home settings and provide an estimate of prevalence using the Minimum Data Set (MDS v.3.0). We outline steps to mitigate hearing loss. Many solutions are inexpensive and low-tech, but require significant awareness and institutional commitment.

Wagner Faculty