Hearing aids for nursing home residents: Current policy and future needs

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Donna Lind Infeld

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Abstract

Hearing aids are crucial for people with hearing loss, especially dementia patients in nursing homes. However, the actual use of hearing aids in this population is very low. A major barrier to use is the cost. This paper examines the issue in terms of current financial coverage available through federal and state systems as well as private insurance. We discuss the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal laws to this problem. There is a need for future policy development to improve both the quality of hearing aids and the financial mechanisms that will allow nursing home residents to use them. Plans to move the policy agenda forward are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Policy
Volume79
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health technology assessment
  • Hearing aid
  • Hearing impairment

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