The latest research revealed that people below age 50 with hearing loss tend to misuse drugs like alcohol greater than their hearing peers. Also, they are likely to ill-use medically prescribed drug two times more than the rest. Hence, greater care has to be taken of deaf people (under age fifty) or adults who are likely to listen less than normal people, while prescribing them any type of medicines.
A team from VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System & University of Michigan conducted research by collecting data from 86,186 adults who partook in the survey on Drug use & health. The findings were analyzed an article was published in “American Journal of Preventive Medicine”.
In all, adults under 50 with hearing loss were more likely than others in their age group to have a substance use disorder of any kind, while those over 50 with hearing loss did not differ from their peers in rates of substance issues.
Mckee, a Family Medicine Physician said: “Hearing loss is connected with a variety of health problems, including mental and physical health that may place these individuals at risk for pain disorders. Also, the marginalizing effects of hearing loss, such as social isolation, may be creating higher rates of substance use disorders too.” he further added: “It may be easier to write a prescription rather than engage in complex patient-provider communication between a hearing provider and non-hearing patient.”
However, the research suggested that partially the issue might be because of the absence of awareness to the healthcare provider about the degree of younger patient’s hearing loss
McKee highlighted the fact that providers of health care may be more familiar to the prospective prescription concerned with elderly patients, which means they are expected to shun mostly prescription use dysfunctions seen in the rest age categories. He stated: “We need to first inquire and ensure effective and accessible communication with our patients. We need to be willing to engage in a dialogue to explore the root of their pain/mental health issues rather than just dispensing a prescription that may lead to dependency or addiction.”
This means providers must customize their approach for each patient without assuming about their communication abilities, to determine the ways for accommodating each patient.