Promoting Hearing Health in Older Adults
Hearing deficits are highly prevalent among older adults and are associated with declines in cognitive, physical and mental health. However, hearing loss in the geriatric population often goes untreated and generally receives little clinical emphasis in primary care practice. Major barriers to obtaining effective hearing and rehabilitative care can include awareness, access, treatment options, cost and device effectiveness. This activity will discuss issues surrounding hearing health care for older adults and highlight the consequences of hearing loss for long-term health and quality of life.
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and Healthcare Transformation UnitedHealth Group Alliances.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health care professionals (HCPs) who serve the older adult population.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- State major barriers to obtaining effective hearing and rehabilitative care in older adults.
- Discuss the relationship between hearing loss and declines in cognitive, physical and mental health.
- Describe the consequences of hearing loss for long-term health and quality of life.
- State available resources and services to mitigate risks associated with hearing loss.
Nicholas S. Reed, AuD, CCC-A
Department of Otolaryngology-Head/Neck Surgery
Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Bloomberg School of Public Health
About the presenter
Dr. Nicholas Reed is an Assistant Professor of Audiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He received his clinical doctorate in audiology (AuD) from Towson University (Towson, MD) and completed his clinical fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, DC). He holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Clinically, he performs diagnostic audiology and hearing care management for patients across the life span (pediatric to older adults).
Dr. Reed is a member of the core faculty at the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and his work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIA/NIDCD). His research focuses on novel hearing care delivery models, over-the-counter amplification devices, the relationship between hearing loss and patient-provider communication, and the relationship between hearing loss and health care utilization patterns.
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
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Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Healthcare Transformation UnitedHealth Group Alliances. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-19-142-H04-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Counselors, psychologists, social workers and/or marriage and family therapists
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- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
- 1.00 AMA
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General
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