The Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly Screening Version Adapted for Use with Elderly Chinese American Individuals The purpose of this study was to determine whether the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly (HHIE) screening version translated into Chinese can be used as a valid screening instrument for the identification of hearing impairment in Chinese-speaking elderly persons. One hundred elderly Chinese Americans were screened, and the majority ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 2001
The Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly Screening Version Adapted for Use with Elderly Chinese American Individuals
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Tina Jupiter
    University, Department of Speech, Communication Sciences, and Theatre, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439.
  • Cara L. Palagonia
    University, Department of Speech, Communication Sciences, and Theatre, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439.
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: jupitert@stjohns.edu
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Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Older Adults & Aging / Research Articles
Research Article   |   December 01, 2001
The Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly Screening Version Adapted for Use with Elderly Chinese American Individuals
American Journal of Audiology, December 2001, Vol. 10, 99-103. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2001/010)
History: Received April 25, 2001 , Accepted August 15, 2001
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2001, Vol. 10, 99-103. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2001/010)
History: Received April 25, 2001; Accepted August 15, 2001

The purpose of this study was to determine whether the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly (HHIE) screening version translated into Chinese can be used as a valid screening instrument for the identification of hearing impairment in Chinese-speaking elderly persons. One hundred elderly Chinese Americans were screened, and the majority of the subjects did not report hearing handicap. A comparison among different screening protocols (ASHA, 40 dB HL at 1000 and 2000 Hz; HHIE-S > 10 and HHIE-S > 10 and 40 dB HL at 1 and 2 kHz) suggested that the combined HHIE-S and 40 dB HL cutoff at 1000 and 2000 Hz achieved the best referral rates. Some hypotheses explaining the results are discussed relative to cultural and linguistic differences between elderly Chinese Americans and their white English-speaking counterparts.

Acknowledgments
We thank Nancy Eng for introducing us to the Chinese American community in New York City, for help in translating the HHIE-S, for participation in data collection, and for special insights and suggestions.
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