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Working with hearing-impaired clients: Techniques to optimize communication

Kari R. Lane, PhD, RN, MOT, M. Kathleen Clark, ARNP, PhD, RN


The prevalence of hearing impairment in older adult populations is more than 33 percent. It is essential that all therapists understand how to ensure their patients’ speech understanding when a hearing loss is present. This article reviews how to assess hearing loss and identify what types of resources are available for a patient to use while in therapy to ensure speech understanding.


recreational therapy, hearing loss, assistive listening devices, assessment

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