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Locator Record

Title: Audiometry (AUQ )
Contact Number: 1-866-441-NCHS
Years of Content: 1999 - 2000
First Published: June, 2002
Revised: NA
Access Constraints: None
Use Constraints: None
Geographic Coverage: National
Subject:Audiometry
Record Source: NHANES 1999 - 2000
Survey Methodology: NHANES 1999 - 2000 is a stratified multistage probability sample of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the U.S.
Medium: NHANES Web site; SAS transport files

Component Description

 The Audiometry section (variable name prefix AUQ) questions AUQ.130 to AUQ.240 provides interview data on hearing status, tinnitus, hearing screening history, the use of assistive devices, and risk factors for hearing loss.

Topics in the AUQ Section

Eligible Sample

 
All survey participants ages 1 year of age and older were eligible for an initial question relating to hearing capability/deficits.

Survey respondents 20 years of age and older were asked detailed questions about hearing and noise exposure.

References

Codebook and Frequencies

SEQN - Respondent sequence number

Variable Name:
SEQN
SAS Label:
Respondent sequence number
English Text:
Respondent sequence number.
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 120 YEARS

AUQ130 - General condition of hearing

Variable Name:
AUQ130
SAS Label:
General condition of hearing
English Text:
Which statement best describes {your/SP's} hearing (without hearing aid)? Would you say {your/his/her} hearing is good, that {you have/s/he has} a little trouble, a lot of trouble, or {are you/is s/he} deaf?
Target:
Both males and females 1 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Good 7901 7901
2 Little trouble 1295 9196
3 Lot of trouble 260 9456
4 Deaf 22 9478
7 Refused 3 9481
9 Don't know 6 9487
. Missing 6 9493

AUQ140 - When was hearing last tested

Variable Name:
AUQ140
SAS Label:
When was hearing last tested
English Text:
About how long has it been since {you/SP} last had {your/his/her} hearing tested?
English Instructions:
READ CATEGORIES IF NECESSARY
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Less than 1 year ago 654 654
2 1 year to 4 years ago 835 1489
3 More than 4 years ago 1937 3426
4 Never 1384 4810
7 Refused 3 4813
9 Don't know 64 4877
. Missing 4616 9493

AUQ150 - Ever worn a hearing aid

Variable Name:
AUQ150
SAS Label:
Ever worn a hearing aid
English Text:
{Have you/Has SP} ever worn a hearing aid?
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 224 224
2 No 4649 4873 AUQ190
7 Refused 3 4876 AUQ190
9 Don't know 1 4877 AUQ190
. Missing 4616 9493

AUQ160 - Now wearing a hearing aid

Variable Name:
AUQ160
SAS Label:
Now wearing a hearing aid
English Text:
{Are you/Is SP} now wearing a hearing aid?
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 126 126 AUQ180
2 No 98 224
7 Refused 0 224
9 Don't know 0 224
. Missing 9269 9493

AUQ170 - Worn hearing aid in past 12 months

Variable Name:
AUQ170
SAS Label:
Worn hearing aid in past 12 months
English Text:
In the past 12 months, {have you/has SP} ever worn a hearing aid?
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 52 52
2 No 46 98 AUQ190
7 Refused 0 98 AUQ190
9 Don't know 0 98 AUQ190
. Missing 9395 9493

AUQ180 - How often wear hearing aid in past year

Variable Name:
AUQ180
SAS Label:
How often wear hearing aid in past year
English Text:
In the past 12 months, how often would you say {you/SP} wore a hearing aid? Would you say . . .
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Almost always, 103 103
2 At least once a day, 22 125
3 At least once a week, 23 148
4 At least once a month, or 9 157
5 Less frequently than once a month? 21 178
7 Refused 0 178
9 Don't know 0 178
. Missing 9315 9493

AUQ190 - Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing past year

Variable Name:
AUQ190
SAS Label:
Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing past year
English Text:
In the past 12 months, {have you/has SP} ever had ringing, roaring, or buzzing in {your/his/her} ears?
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1161 1161
2 No 3696 4857 AUQ210
7 Refused 3 4860 AUQ210
9 Don't know 17 4877 AUQ210
. Missing 4616 9493

AUQ200 - How often ringing, roaring, buzzing

Variable Name:
AUQ200
SAS Label:
How often ringing, roaring, buzzing
English Text:
How often did this happen? Would you say . . .
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Almost always, 263 263
2 At least once a day, 106 369
3 At least once a week, 170 539
4 At least once a month, or 205 744
5 Less frequently than once a month? 402 1146
7 Refused 0 1146
9 Don't know 15 1161
. Missing 8332 9493

AUQ210 - Firearm noise exposure outside work

Variable Name:
AUQ210
SAS Label:
Firearm noise exposure outside work
English Text:
Outside of work, {have you/has SP} ever been exposed to firearms noise for an average of at least once a month for a year?
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 278 278
2 No 4581 4859 AUQ230
7 Refused 4 4863 AUQ230
9 Don't know 14 4877 AUQ230
. Missing 4616 9493

AUQ220 - Use ear protection around firearm noise

Variable Name:
AUQ220
SAS Label:
Use ear protection around firearm noise
English Text:
{Have you/Has SP} ever worn hearing protection devices when exposed to firearms noise?
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 132 132
2 No 144 276
7 Refused 0 276
9 Don't know 2 278
. Missing 9215 9493

AUQ230 - Loud noise exposure outside work

Variable Name:
AUQ230
SAS Label:
Loud noise exposure outside work
English Text:
Outside of work, {have you/has SP} ever been exposed to other types of loud noise, such as noise from power tools or loud music, for an average of at least once a month for a year? By loud noise I mean noise so loud that {you/s/he} had to speak in a rai sed voice to be heard.
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 796 796
2 No 4061 4857 End of Section
7 Refused 5 4862 End of Section
9 Don't know 15 4877 End of Section
. Missing 4616 9493

AUQ240 - Use ear protection around loud noise

Variable Name:
AUQ240
SAS Label:
Use ear protection around loud noise
English Text:
{Have you/Has SP} ever worn hearing protection devices when exposed to these loud noises?
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 202 202
2 No 594 796
7 Refused 0 796
9 Don't know 0 796
. Missing 8697 9493