Self-reported hearing handicap and audiometric measures in older adults

J Am Acad Audiol. 2000 Feb;11(2):67-75.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged / physiology*
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Animals
  • Audiometry
  • Deafness / diagnosis*
  • Deafness / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Regression Analysis
  • Self Disclosure