Hearing loss: the invisible disability

Postgrad Med. 1998 Sep;104(3):81-3, 87-90. doi: 10.3810/pgm.1998.09.572.


Loss of hearing is a national health problem with significant physical and psychological repercussions. Although there is no cure for certain forms of hearing loss, many patients can be helped, especially when the problem is recognized early. The authors discuss the important role of primary care physicians in early identification, management, and counseling of hearing-impaired patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Ear / anatomy & histology
  • Ear / physiology
  • Hearing / physiology
  • Hearing Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Hearing Disorders* / etiology
  • Hearing Disorders* / therapy
  • Hearing Tests
  • Humans
  • Physical Examination