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Hearing Loss, Health Care Seeking Behaviors, and Preventable Hospitalizations, presented in partnership with the American Auditory Society

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1.  According to research (Cudmore et al. JAMA Oto 2017), hearing loss is associated with:
  1. Higher patient satisfaction with medical providers.
  2. Better compliance with medical recommendations.
  3. Difficulty understanding medical visit information.
  4. Better recall and retention of information from medical providers.
2.  According to a study (Reed et al. 2019 JAGS), every 10-dB increase in hearing loss had what effect on satisfaction for 85-year-old individuals:
  1. the odds of being satisfied significantly increased
  2. the odds of being less satisfied increased
  3. there was no effect on satisfaction
  4. the odds of being satisfied increased, but the effect was not significant
3.  In an analysis in the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, those who report having a lot of trouble hearing are:
  1. Less likely to have a usual source of care than those who report a little trouble.
  2. Less likely to obtain medical care than those who report a little trouble.
  3. Less likely to fill a prescription than those who report a little trouble
  4. All of the above
4.  Preventable or avoidable hospitalizations include:
  1. Those for emergency medical care.
  2. Those for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions such as hypertension and pneumonia
  3. Those for an acute condition.
  4. Those required by a surgical procedure.
5.  Which 'take home' message is true about addressing hearing loss in a health care setting?
  1. Speech language pathologists are the most appropriate and effective personnel to address hearing loss in health care, and they have the time to address it due to light workloads.
  2. Hearing loss does not limit engagement with others or have an impact on health outcomes so it is not cost effective to address it.
  3. The best approach is to simply provide free amplifiers to all patients in health care settings.
  4. Addressing hearing loss is multifactorial and goes beyond the amplifier/device.

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