Dan G. Blazer, MD, MPH, PhD
This article was published at www.annals.org on 7 June 2016.
Note: Members of the Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults convened by the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine include Dan Blazer (chair), Brenda Battat, Karen Cruickshanks, Jennifer Devoe, Judy Dubno, Richard Ellenson, Barbara Evans, Ellen Flannery, Darrell Gaskins, William Hazzard, Frank Lin, Nicole Marrone, Jose Pagan, Thomas Pippin, Katherine Seelman, Debara Tucci, David Zapala, Sarah Domnitz (study director), and Catharyn T. Liverman (study director).
Financial Support: The Health and Medicine Division report described in this article was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Hearing Loss Association of America, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Disclosures: The author has disclosed no conflicts of interest. The form can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M16-1209.
Requests for Single Reprints: Dan G. Blazer, MD, MPH, PhD (Committee Chair), JP Gibbons Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Box 3003, Durham, NC 27710; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: D.G. Blazer.
Drafting of the article: D.G. Blazer.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: D.G. Blazer.
Final approval of the article: D.G. Blazer.
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Blazer D.; Hearing Health Care: Review of a Report From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 2016;165:441-442. doi: 10.7326/M16-1209
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(6):441-442.
Published at www.annals.org on 7 June 2016
Hearing loss affects around 30 million persons in the United States (12.7% of those aged ≥12 years), and the frequency increases significantly with age (45.6% in persons aged 70 to 74 years and >80% in those aged ≥85 years) (1–3). This public health burden is especially important because, although interventions work for many people, the unmet need for hearing health care has been estimated at between 67% and 86% (4, 5). The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (of which the former Institute of Medicine is now part) recently released a report, “Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability” (6), in which a panel of experts reached consensus on a series of key messages to health care providers and the public, as well as recommendations to the many stakeholders in the provision of hearing health care. The focus of the report is adults whose hearing capacity decreases over time. I served as chair of the committee that wrote the report, and in this article I review selected findings and recommendations that are especially relevant to physicians. Central to these recommendations is the importance of providing evidence-based information on hearing loss and hearing health care to our colleagues and patients. Even health care providers who are not specialists in hearing have a role to play in ensuring that hearing-related concerns expressed by patients are not simply dismissed as unimportant.
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