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Hearing impairments and their treatments 

Hearing impairments and their treatments
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Hearing impairments and their treatments
Author(s):

Sara K. Mamo

, Theresa H. Chisolm

, and Frank R. Lin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0152
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date: 18 August 2019

Hearing loss is highly prevalent and increases as a function of age. Although hearing loss affects many aspects of ageing and communication, it is often overlooked and treated as a rather inconsequential side effect of ageing. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce age-related hearing loss, the broader implications of age-related hearing loss as it relates to healthy ageing, and practical strategies for primary care management of hearing loss. A majority of the cases of age-related hearing loss remain untreated. Primary and/or geriatric care clinics may serve as the entry point for many older adults with hearing loss. Including questions about hearing loss or screening for hearing loss at other health encounters may increase access for older adults to hearing loss treatment.

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