Meeting the Hearing Health Care Needs of the Oldest Older Adult Purpose The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the auditory needs of and approaches to management of the oldest older adult. Method This article is an overview of principles of geriatric care and implications of untreated hearing loss for function, management, and care of ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   June 01, 2015
Meeting the Hearing Health Care Needs of the Oldest Older Adult
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Barbara E. Weinstein
    Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • 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 Barbara Weinstein: bweinstein@gc.cuny.edu
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Research Forum: Hearing Health Care for the Oldest Older Adults
Research Forum   |   June 01, 2015
Meeting the Hearing Health Care Needs of the Oldest Older Adult
American Journal of Audiology, June 2015, Vol. 24, 100-103. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0078
History: Received December 1, 2014 , Revised February 16, 2015 , Accepted February 16, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2015, Vol. 24, 100-103. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0078
History: Received December 1, 2014; Revised February 16, 2015; Accepted February 16, 2015
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Purpose The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the auditory needs of and approaches to management of the oldest older adult.

Method This article is an overview of principles of geriatric care and implications of untreated hearing loss for function, management, and care of the oldest older adult.

Conclusions Person-centered care is at the heart of health care delivery to the oldest older adult, who typically suffers from multimorbidity. Given the high prevalence of moderate to severe hearing loss in this cohort and the functional limitations of untreated hearing loss, audiologists must become proactive in educating stakeholders on the importance of identifying and referring the oldest older adult for management of hearing health care needs. Audiologists have an integral role to play in collaborating with health care professionals in optimizing health care for the oldest older adult.

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