Hearing loss is a major cause of dementia. Hearing loss is also associated with social isolation, falls, depression, poorer physical function, and higher heath care costs. Despite the high prevalence of hearing loss, healthcare providers often do not recognize or employ strategies to address this communication need. Providers need to know the appropriate options to ensure good communication with patients, how to recognize hearing loss, and how to implement methodologies and practical strategies to address communicating with someone with hearing loss. This evidence-based presentation includes the impact of hearing loss on health and quality of life; types and assessment of the various levels of hearing loss; health-care provider and patient communication strategies for primary and acute care settings, education, and resources; when to refer to audiology; types of assistive listening devices; and the pros and cons of over-the-counter hearing aids.
Continuing Education Instructions and Disclosure Information:
Contact hours available until 9/30/2025.
Requirements for Successful Completion: Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online nursing continuing professional development evaluation. You will be able to print your nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) certificate at any time after you complete the evaluation.
Disclosure of relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies (planners, faculty/speakers, reviewers):
Planning Committee Disclosures: There are no disclosures to declare.
Speaker Disclosures: There are no disclosures to declare.
Commercial Support: No commercial support declared.
Accreditation Statement: This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA).
Anthony J Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP5387.
Learning Outcome: After completing this learning activity, participants will report the ability to state at least three interventions for various levels of hearing loss.
Hearing Loss: The Invisible Disability Impacting Cognition, Falls, and Function and Practical Communication Strategies