094 Hearing Loss in Aging: Why It Matters & Getting Evaluated


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In This Episode:

Dr. K talks about how we can help older adults address hearing loss with Meg Wallhagen, PhD, Professor of Gerontological Nursing at UCSF s School of Nursing. She is a nationally recognized expert on hearing loss and has been on the board of the Hearing Loss Association of America since 2010. This episode is Part 1 of a two-part series on hearing loss. They discuss:

  • Why hearing loss in aging usually causes distortion of sounds, and how that affects understanding speech (and grandchildren)
  • Why it usually doesn t help to speak more loudly to someone with hearing loss
  • How hearing loss affects the health, wellbeing, and social relationships of older adults
  • Why older people often don t want to address hearing loss
  • The problem of healthcare professionals overlooking hearing loss
  • How hearing loss affects brain function
  • Why it can become harder to successfully address hearing loss once it s severe
  • How hearing loss should be evaluated and what happens during a hearing test
  • Why poor Medicare coverage of hearing loss often creates barriers to care
  • How Professor Wallhagen s brochure can help older adults agree to address hearing loss

Related episode:

095 Interview: Hearing Aids & Other Hearing Loss Treatment Options

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Transcript: Click here.
Note from Dr. K: We don’t have the funds to transcribe most podcast episodes, but we decided to transcribe Professor Wallhagen’s episodes, to make them more accessible to anyone experiencing hearing loss.

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