Hearing threshold levels at age 70 years (65-74 Years) in the unscreened older adult population of the united states, 1959-1962 and 1999-2006

Howard J. Hoffman, Robert A. Dobie, Chia Wen Ko, Christa L. Themann, William J. Murphy

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Abstract

Objectives: To provide hearing threshold percentiles from unscreened older adults for creating new Annex B reference standards. Design: Percentiles are calculated, and 95% confidence intervals for medians from two U.S. surveys are compared graphically. Results: Median thresholds are lower (better) in the 1999-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for men across all frequencies except 1 kHz. Results for women are similar; however, there is more overlap in confidence intervals across frequencies. Conclusions: The prevalence of hearing impairment in older adults, age 70 years (65-74 years), is lower in 1999-2006 compared with 1959-1962, consistent with our earlier findings for younger adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-440
Number of pages4
JournalEar and hearing
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Speech and Hearing

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