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Research Letter
March 2018

Hearing Loss Among Older Adults With Heart Failure in the United StatesData From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 3The Center on Aging and Health, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 4Departments of Epidemiology, Geriatric Medicine, and Mental Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 5Department of Community Health and Social Sciences, City University of New York, Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, New York
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(3):273-275. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.2979

Hearing loss is common among older adults in the United States1 and is associated with coronary heart disease and its risk factors.2 Yet, the prevalence of hearing loss among adults with heart failure (HF) has not been well described.

Heart failure is a chronic, incurable disease and is the leading cause of hospitalization among older adults in the United States. To mitigate disease progression, patients are asked to take multiple medications and make lifestyle changes.3 Given the high degree of self-care that HF imposes, it is imperative that patients can hear physician recommendations. Herein, we examined the prevalence and correlates of hearing loss among older adults with and without HF in the United States.