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Don’t Ignore Hearing Loss When Caring for Elders

Published: 09/17/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Challenging Topics

When you think about the health issues affecting older adults, do you think of hearing loss? If not, you’re not alone. Hearing loss is under recognized and undertreated in the older population. Tragically, it’s often misdiagnosed as a medical problem such as dementia. Imagine if your loved one stopped responding to people and it was assumed it was due to dementia when, in fact, she simply could not hear as well anymore.