How to address the communication needs of older patients with hearing loss
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How to address the communication needs of older patients with hearing loss

Emma Holmes Nursing practice project manager, Action on Hearing Loss, Birmingham

Emma Holmes describes a project that aimed to identify practical and cost-effective changes that can be made in hospital settings to improve care

Hearing loss is a common problem in older people and may have a negative effect on their care while in hospital, as well as resulting in significant cost to the NHS. This article outlines the findings of a two-year project in an NHS trust to improve the care of older people with hearing loss. An important outcome of the project was the development of a hearing loss toolkit containing good practice recommendations and tools to help staff in all NHS trusts, and other care settings, implement practical and cost-effective improvements.

Nursing Older People. 26, 6,27-30. doi: 10.7748/nop.26.6.27.e600

Correspondence

emma.holmes@hearingloss.org.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

The project and development of the toolkit were funded by the Department of Health. The toolkit recommendations include the purchasing of products, some of which are available from Action on Hearing Loss, but also from other suppliers

Received: 02 May 2014

Accepted: 28 May 2014