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Effect of hearing enhancement on mental status ratings in geriatric psychiatric patients
Am J Psychiatry 1995;152:629-631.
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OBJECTIVE: This study looked at the impact of hearing deficits on the assessment of psychopathology in geriatric psychiatric patients. METHOD: Psychiatric functioning and speech discrimination were measured in 21 elderly psychiatric patients in a crossover design. RESULTS: Patients displayed less psychopathology when tested wearing a functioning hearing aid. CONCLUSIONS: Gradual hearing loss may confound the assessment of psychopathology in geriatric psychiatric patients.

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