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Journal Article

Hearing impairment and the amelioration of avoidable medical error: a cross-sectional survey.

Henn P, O’Tuathaigh C, Keegan D, et al. J Patient Saf. 2021;17(3):e155-e160.

Hearing impairment can lead to misunderstanding of a patient’s health condition, treatment, or follow up care. Patients with hearing loss frequently misheard, misunderstood, or misinterpreted information given to them from a nurse or physician in both hospital and ambulatory settings. Health systems and clinicians should find ways to identify patients with hearing loss and develop alternate methods to communicate, such as visual aids, quiet environments, and lip reading communication.