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June 30, 2016
HEARING HEALTH CARE FOR ADULTS: PRIORITIES FOR IMPROVING ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY

The loss of hearing – be it gradual or acute, mild or severe, present since birth or acquired in older age – can have significant effects on one’s communication abilities, quality of life, social participation, and health

Authors

Dan G. Blazer, Sarah Domnitz, and Catharyn T. Liverman, Editors; Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults; Board on Health Sciences Policy; Health and Medicine Division; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Description

The loss of hearing – be it gradual or acute, mild or severe, present since birth or acquired in older age – can have significant effects on one’s communication abilities, quality of life, social participation, and health. Despite this, many people with hearing loss do not seek or receive hearing health care. The reasons are numerous, complex, and often interconnected. For some, hearing health care is not affordable. For others, the appropriate services are difficult to access, or individuals do not know how or where to access them. Others may not want to deal with the stigma that they and society may associate with needing hearing health care and obtaining that care. Still others do not recognize they need hearing health care, as hearing loss is an invisible health condition that often worsens gradually over time.

 

400 pages | 6 x 9
ISBNs:
Prepublication: 978-0-309-44392-0
Paperback (forthcoming): 978-0-309-43926-8
DOI: 10.17226/23446

 

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