About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Prevalence of Medical Errors Associated With Age-Related Hearing Loss

by Bidita Debnath on August 29, 2017 at 12:38 AM
Font : A-A+

 Prevalence of Medical Errors Associated With Age-Related Hearing Loss

Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults which leads to mishearing a physician or nurse.

There is no known single cause of age-related hearing loss. Most commonly, it is caused by changes in the inner ear. It was not uncommon for older adults to report mishearing a physician or nurse in a primary care or hospital setting, according to a study published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. The prevalence of medical errors is higher among older patients. Failures in clinical communication are considered to be the leading cause of medical errors.

Advertisement


A previous study reported that improved communication between the medical teams and families could have prevented 36 percent of medical errors. Colm M. P. O'Tuathaigh, B.A., Ph.D., of University College Cork, Cork, Ireland and colleagues conducted an analysis of interview data collected in 100 adults 60 years and older to examine communication breakdown in hospital and primary care settings among adults reporting hearing loss.

Of these adults, 57 reported some degree of hearing loss; 26 used a hearing aid device. Of the 100 adults, 43 reported having misheard a physician, nurse or both in a primary care or hospital setting. When asked to elaborate on the context of mishearing in a clinical setting, the scenarios included (in descending order of citation frequency): general mishearing, consultation content, physician-patient or nurse-patient communication breakdown, hospital setting and use of language.
Advertisement

"This qualitative analysis confirms that age-related hearing loss has a negative effect on clinical communication across both hospital and primary care clinical settings," the authors write. "We recommend that content-related and setting-related factors identified as barriers to communication in adults with hearing impairment be incorporated within a patient-centered approach to clinical communication with this patient population."

Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
January is the Thyroid Awareness Month in 2022
Menstrual Disorders
Coffee May Help You Fight Endometrial Cancer
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Tinnitus Presbycusis Restless Legs Syndrome Acoustic Neuroma Eradicate Quackery, Save Lives Meniere’s Disease Hearing Aids Hearing Tests in Newborns Hearing Loss Usher Syndrome 

Recommended Reading
Sensory Cells and Nerve Cell Damage in Inner Ear Linked to Age-Related Hearing Loss
As a person turns old, the intensity of sound that reaches the inner ear is reduced. The ......
Music Reduces Age-Related Hearing Loss: New Finding
A study led by Canadian researchers has found the first evidence that lifelong musicians experience ...
Age-related Hearing Loss Linked to Folate
Low serum levels of folic acid is connected to age-related hearing loss, a chronic condition in old ...
Research Gains Insight into Age-related Hearing Loss
Insight into how different types of age-related hearing loss may occur in humans has been gained by ...
Acoustic Neuroma
Acoustic neuroma is a benign intercranial tumor involving the myelin-forming Schwann cells of the ...
Eradicate Quackery, Save Lives
Quackery means promotion of a medical cure which is otherwise scientifically unproven and baseless....
Hearing Aids
Hearing aid is an electronic device that helps people with hearing loss to hear more and communicate...
Hearing Tests in Newborns
Ideally, screening tests for hearing loss should be conducted before the infant is 1 month of age....
Meniere’s Disease
Meniere’s disease is a condition of unknown cause in which the patient experiences symptoms of verti...
Presbycusis
Presbycusis (age related hearing loss) is the gradual loss of hearing that occurs as people get olde...
Tinnitus
Tinnitus is the perception of ringing, hissing, or other sound within the ears when no corresponding...
Usher Syndrome
Usher syndrome is a rare genetic disease which is the leading cause of deaf-blindness in humans....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
CONSULT A DOCTOR
I have read and I do accept terms of use - Telemedicine

Advantage Medindia: FREE subscription for 'Personalised Health & Wellness website with consultation' (Value Rs.300/-)