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Invited Commentary
October 2017

Hearing Loss and Patient-Physician Communication: The Role of an Otolaryngologist

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(10):1055-1057. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.1242

Communication is essential in the patient-physician relationship. A report published in 2001 by The Institute of Medicine1 highlighted that effective communication is necessary for patient-centered care because it facilitates knowledge transfer and shared decision making. What impact does hearing loss have on communication and health? The work of Lin et al2 and The Health ABC Study3 have examined the long-term effects on health with the association with dementia and cognitive decline. But what about the short-term effects?