Thursday, October 2, 2014

Do you think hearing loss is important in hospice and palliative care?

by: Alex Smith, @AlexSmithMD

Do you think age-related hearing loss is important in hospice and palliative care?  We'd like to know!  We're conducting a brief (less than 5 minute survey).  You have an opportunity to tell your stories about caring for patients and caregivers with hearing loss, if any. 

Here is the link:

Please consider helping out.  And pass this link on to anyone you know in hospice and palliative care!  All members of the care team that work primarily in hospice and palliative care are welcome to participate (docs, nurses, chaplains, social workers, etc).  International responses are welcome!

This is an anonymous survey.  We will disseminate our findings on GeriPal.

Thank you!

Alex Smith, MD
Meg Wallhagen, PhD, GNP-BC


Nancy Dennett said...

My dad was 94 , dying actively, but with all his marbles. I made certain his hearing aid was working and kept it in, except at night. I had heard that the sense of hearing might be the last to go, so I wanted him to hear the good stuff we were telling him about our love, et al. When he went into a coma, I heard his hearing aid start to make a loud noise that indicated it needed a new battery. Kind of a coincidence it seemed. When being with any dying person or anyone with an illness that means they only have the energy to speak extra softly it is important that the caregiver wear an hearing aid if they need one, to pick up everything that is being said!

Amy Getter said...

Hearing is such a vital part of communication...I always remind my patient's families that their loved one is still aware of them, and to talk to them (not about them) in the room. My mother as she was dying reminded me, two days before her death, by whispering softly, "remember to tell them not to talk over me; even though I might not be talking, I will be listening to you all."