Charity calls for Brechin GPs to ensure equal treatment for patients with hearing loss

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Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is calling on GPs across Brechin to ensure they communicate in ways that meet the individual needs of patients with hearing loss, following the charity’s UK-wide research which found 28% of respondents had been unclear about a diagnosis during an appointment.

For its new report entitled ‘Access all areas?’ the charity’s survey found patients who felt unclear after a consultation attributed the misunderstandings to their GP not facing them (64%) and not always speaking clearly (57%). Action on Hearing Loss says the findings suggest a severe lack of deaf awareness among GPs which could easily be resolved through training and making simple adjustments.

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For more information on how GPs can ensure they communicate effectively, see next week’s Brechin Advertiser for the charity’s deaf awareness tips.