Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging: Workshop Report
HLAA was a sponsor and involved in the planning of the Institute of Medicine workshop Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging in January 2014. HLAA Board Members Katherine Bouton, Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., and Richard Einhorn were speakers.
Despite the critical importance of communication, many older adults have hearing loss that interferes with their social interactions and enjoyment of life. People may miss words in a conversation, go to fewer public places, or worry about missing an alarm. Despite rapidly advancing technologies and innovative approaches to hearing health care, fewer than one in seven older Americans with hearing loss use hearing aids. In January 2014, the IOM and National Research Council held a workshop to examine the ways in which age-related hearing loss affects healthy aging, and how public and private stakeholders can work together to address hearing loss in older adults as a public health issue.