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Although hearing loss is referred to in this study, it is mostly between-the-lines (as a disability?). Given the statistics, it is probably the condition that affects effective communication for more patients/caregivers than any other. It can have significant impacts on outcomes (like when my uncle heard "colostomy" instead of "colonoscopy", and refused the procedure for two days until someone thought to write it down for him). I have many other examples, and have given presentations to RNs in the clinical phase of their training. If you are interested in pursuing hearing loss in healthcare settings, I'd be happy to participate. One problem is that mis-hearings often go unnoticed, and so might be under-reported in a survey. Thanks for doing this; much-needed.
Kathi A. Mestayer
Staff Writer, Hearing Health Magazine
Advisory Board, Va Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Advisory Committee, Hearing Loss Association of America Greater Richmond Chapter
N-CHATT (Hearing Assistive Technology) Trainer, HLAA/Gallaudet