Patients with hearing loss may not understand everything their doctors tell them, and that could raise the risk of medical errors the Chicago Tribune reports.
Simon Smith, from the University College Cork School of Medicine, in Ireland, reported that in a study of 100 patients aged 60 and older, 43 reported mishearing a doctor or nurse.
He added that earlier research found that improved communication between doctors, nurses and families could prevent 36 percent of medical errors.
It doesn't necessarily help for doctors to speak louder. "The ability to separate speech from background noise is more intricate than volume alone," Smith explained.
The report was published online in August in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery.
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