Research Forum on Challenges in Hearing Health Care for the Oldest Older Adults Purpose The purpose of this article is to introduce the invited Research Forum on challenges in hearing health care for the oldest older adults, which was presented at the 2014 HEaring Across the Lifespan conference (HEAL 2014). Method A brief overview of the three presentations in the special ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   June 01, 2015
Research Forum on Challenges in Hearing Health Care for the Oldest Older Adults
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Judy R. Dubno
    Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
  • Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Judy R. Dubno: dubnojr@musc.edu
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing & Speech Perception / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Research Forum: Hearing Health Care for the Oldest Older Adults
Research Forum   |   June 01, 2015
Research Forum on Challenges in Hearing Health Care for the Oldest Older Adults
American Journal of Audiology, June 2015, Vol. 24, 98-99. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0075
History: Received November 26, 2014 , Accepted December 7, 2014
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2015, Vol. 24, 98-99. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0075
History: Received November 26, 2014; Accepted December 7, 2014

Purpose The purpose of this article is to introduce the invited Research Forum on challenges in hearing health care for the oldest older adults, which was presented at the 2014 HEaring Across the Lifespan conference (HEAL 2014).

Method A brief overview of the three presentations in the special session is provided along with general conclusions.

Conclusions Hearing health care needs of the oldest older adults are multifactorial and are related to auditory and cognitive declines; social, emotional, and lifestyle changes; and increasing physical disabilities and other comorbidities. Improved clinical outcomes for hearing health require personalized needs assessments by interprofessional teams and shared decision making on treatment options.

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