Adult Hearing Screening: Follow-Up and Outcomes1 PurposeTo screen hearing and evaluate outcomes in community-dwelling older adults.MethodThree thousand and twenty-five adults responded to an invitation to be screened by questionnaire, otoscopy, and pure-tone audiometry. Pure-tone average (PTA) >35 dB HL in the worse ear, unilateral hearing loss, or otoscopic findings were the criteria for referral for services. ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   June 01, 2013
Adult Hearing Screening: Follow-Up and Outcomes1
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • C. Thodi
    European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • M. Parazzini
    Istituto di Ingegneria Biomedica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Milano, Italy
  • S. E. Kramer
    VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • A. Davis
    Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  • S. Stenfelt
    Linkoepings Universitet, Linkoeping, Sweden
  • T. Janssen
    Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Muenchen, Germany
  • P. Smith
    Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  • D. Stephens
    Cardiff University, Wales, UK
  • M. Pronk
    VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • L. I. Anteunis
    University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • V. Schirkonyer
    Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Muenchen, Germany
  • F. Grandori
    Istituto di Ingegneria Biomedica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Milano, Italy
  • Correspondence to Chryssoula Thodi: c.thodi@euc.ac.cy
  • Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / Research Forum
Research Forum   |   June 01, 2013
Adult Hearing Screening: Follow-Up and Outcomes1
American Journal of Audiology, June 2013, Vol. 22, 183-185. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0060)
History: Received October 30, 2012 , Accepted March 4, 2013
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2013, Vol. 22, 183-185. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0060)
History: Received October 30, 2012; Accepted March 4, 2013
Web of Science® Times Cited: 4

PurposeTo screen hearing and evaluate outcomes in community-dwelling older adults.

MethodThree thousand and twenty-five adults responded to an invitation to be screened by questionnaire, otoscopy, and pure-tone audiometry. Pure-tone average (PTA) >35 dB HL in the worse ear, unilateral hearing loss, or otoscopic findings were the criteria for referral for services. A questionnaire related to compliance with referral recommendations was completed by telephone interview for 160 randomly selected participants after 1–2 years from referral.

ResultsThe referral rate for audiologic/hearing aid evaluation was 46%, and referral for cerumen removal/medical evaluation was 17%. Of the people referred for audiologic/hearing aid evaluation, 18% tried a hearing aid; 2 years later, 11% were using a hearing aid. Screening recommendations affected participants' decision to seek help. Study participants stated that the screening was helpful, it should be offered to everybody, and they would participate in future screenings.

ConclusionAlthough adult hearing screening offered timely identification of hearing loss for adults seeking help, follow-up with hearing aid treatment was low.

Acknowledgments
Funding and support to the Cyprus Audiology Center was provided by the European project “AHEAD III: Assessment of Hearing in the Elderly: Aging and Degeneration – Integration through Immediate Intervention” (FP7, contract HEALTH-F2-2008-20083, 2008–2011).
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