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Letters Tackling hearing loss

Inconsistent availability of hearing aids during acute admission

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 10 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1944
  1. Michael W Mather, academic clinical fellow in otolaryngology1,
  2. Nicholas Dawe, senior registrar in otolaryngology2,
  3. Janet Wilson, professor of otolaryngology3
  1. 1Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, Newcastle NE2 4HH, UK
  2. 2Department of Otolaryngology, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW, UK
  3. 3Department of Otolaryngology, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN, UK
  1. michael.mather{at}

Blustein and colleagues discuss the challenges faced by hearing impaired patients in busy acute healthcare settings.1 Receptive communication deficiency affects shared decision making, particularly in vulnerable patients. Hearing loss is independently associated with accelerated cognitive decline.2

As otolaryngology doctors, we were keen to clarify the current availability of assistive devices. A brief survey of 14 …

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