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Connecting Communication in Communities for Providers

Hearing Loss

We will Help you With What Hearing Device You Need.

Make Sure your Community has an Assisted Device to Help Those who Can’t Hear Well.

We communicate for a number of reasons.  When we are babies we can only communicate by crying or fussing.  Parents teach children sign language to help them communicate their needs as it is understood that sign language is easier than expressive language.  Later, as we grow up our language skills improve and we can communicate with one another with ease, mostly.  Students need to communicate with their teachers and teachers to their students.  We communicate for education, for fun, for training, for work, for love, and for other forms of communication in life.

When we get older communication gets more difficult as we start to have vision, hearing, and cognitive declines.   Communication is still important.  Communication can be as significant as life or death.  For instance, when people get instructions on medicine, and they don’t take it as prescribed, getting all the information, it could be life or death.

If you know us, there is nothing better we like than to have a fun conversation and communicate with others.  We truly believe that communication is so important it drives our daily focus.  When we have people come in to talk to us and they can’t hear, it is hard to communicate.  Our first idea is to make sure the person is hearing well, seeing what they can see, and understanding to the best of their abilities.

To communicate with someone can be difficult when they are missing factors like vision, hearing, and the ability to understand the world around them.

Recently we read some research by Nicholas Reed’s group at Johns Hopkins (2019) about communicating in the health care system.   Here is what his group found:

“Using a large claims dataset, the OptumLabs Data Warehouse, they matched adults with and without hearing loss on many variables including age, race, sex, region, insurance, education, baseline spending, and utilization metrics, and comorbidities and examined health utilization outcomes at 2-year (N=154,414), 5-year (N=44,852), and 10-year (N=4,728) time points. Over a 10-year period, compared to those without hearing loss, those with hearing loss:  Here is what they found.

  • Had a 47% higher rate of hospitalization
  • Spent 2.5 days longer, on average, during hospital stays
  • Had a 17% increased risk of an emergency department visit
  • Had a 44% increased risk of experiencing a 30-day readmission. “

As audiologists, we have the ability to help and we at Hears Hearing & Hearables have put together a program that will work with various healthcare providers, clinics, and even hospitals to help the health care provider communicate with their patients.

Our program will be based on a consult, helping the provider administration group with the appropriate products to use for their needs in communication, getting the products to the group, and training the group on how to use the products all with great pricing.

Further service can be purchased on the products and needs from a networked provider.

We will be offering Packages to keep the costs lower and expectations aligned that best meet the needs of the patient.

Let us know if you are interested in learning more.

Thank you.

Kim

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