Hearing Impairment and Undiagnosed Disease: The Potential Role of Clinical Recommendations

Marlow, N.M. et al. (2017) Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Vol. 60. pp 231-237.

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Purpose: The objective of this study was to use cross-sectional, nationally representative data to examine the relationship between self-reported hearing impairment and undetected diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and chronic kidney disease.

Conclusions: Individuals with hearing impairment are more likely to have undiagnosed chronic kidney disease. Hearing impairment may affect disclosure of important signs and symptoms as well as the comprehension of medical conversations for chronic disease management. General practitioners can play a critical role in improving medical communication by responding with sensitivity to the signs of hearing impairment in their patients.

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