Barriers to Hearing Health Care: Current Status and a Glimpse at the Future Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions reported by older adults, especially by men (Pleis & Coles, 2003; Ries, 1982). The onset of hearing loss varies across individuals, but hearing loss and perceived hearing impairment are common by middle age (Agrawal, Platz, & Niparko, 2008; ... Editorial
Editorial  |   June 2010
Barriers to Hearing Health Care: Current Status and a Glimpse at the Future
 
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  • Sheila R. Pratt
    American Journal of Audiology
  • © 2010 American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Editorial   |   June 2010
Barriers to Hearing Health Care: Current Status and a Glimpse at the Future
American Journal of Audiology, June 2010, Vol. 19, 1-2. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2010/ed-01)
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2010, Vol. 19, 1-2. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2010/ed-01)
Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions reported by older adults, especially by men (Pleis & Coles, 2003; Ries, 1982). The onset of hearing loss varies across individuals, but hearing loss and perceived hearing impairment are common by middle age (Agrawal, Platz, & Niparko, 2008; Pleis & Coles, 2003). By age 70, approximately 30% of the U.S. population perceive themselves to be hearing impaired, and about 50% of adults age 80 and older report being hearing impaired (Desai, Pratt, Lentzner, & Robinson, 2001). Furthermore, hearing loss severity, as tested by pure-tone audiometry, is highly correlated with age. Although it is arguable whether hearing loss necessarily has to occur with age, all but about 10% of the population acquire some hearing loss if they live to be 80 years old (Cruickshanks et al., 1998; Morrell, Gordon-Salant, Pearson, Brant, & Fozard, 1996).
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