Self-reported hearing handicap and audiometric measures in older adults.

Cruickshanks Lab // Publications // Feb 01 2000

PubMed ID: 10685672

Author(s): Wiley TL, Cruickshanks KJ, Nondahl DM, Tweed TS. Self-reported hearing handicap and audiometric measures in older adults. J Am Acad Audiol. 2000 Feb;11(2):67-75. PMID 10685672

Journal: Journal Of The American Academy Of Audiology, Volume 11, Issue 2, Feb 2000

As part of an epidemiologic study of hearing disorders in older adults, audiometric thresholds (250-20,000 Hz), word recognition performance (Northwestern University Auditory Test No. 6 word lists in quiet and in competing message), and Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly-Screening (HHIE-S) scores were evaluated for 3178 adults ranging in age from 48 to 92 years. Overall, higher HHIE-S scores were more prevalent for older age groups and for greater degrees of hearing loss. After adjusting for the degree of hearing loss, the probability of reporting a hearing disability (handicap) decreased with age.