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Locator Record

Title: Audiometry (AUQ_C )
Contact Number: 1-866-441-NCHS
Years of Content: 2003 - 2004
First Published: November, 2005
Revised: NA
Access Constraints: None
Use Constraints: None
Geographic Coverage: National
Subject:Audiometry
Record Source: NHANES 2003 - 2004
Survey Methodology: NHANES 2003 - 2004 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) provides interview data on self-reported hearing status, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), hearing screening history, the use of assistive devices for hearing, and risk factors for hearing loss.

Topics included in this section are:

Eligible Sample

All survey participants aged 1 year and older were eligible for the initial question (AUQ010) relating to self-reported hearing capability/deficits. Survey respondents 20 years of age and older were asked further detailed questions about hearing and noise exposure.

Interview Setting and Mode of Administration

A trained household interviewer administrated these questions to the survey participant during the household interview. The information was recorded using a computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI) system. Some of the questions in the VIQ section required the use of printed hand cards. When necessary, the household interviewers read the hand card selections to the respondent.

Quality Assurance & Quality Control

The Audiometry questionnaire data was systematically reviewed for logical, processing, and data input errors on a periodic basis during the process of data collection.

The computer CAPI system had built-in consistency checks, online information screens that provided the interviewers with information about the terms used in the questionnaires, and hard and soft edit checks to reduce the number of keying entry errors. All of the interviews were reviewed by the NHANES field office staff for accuracy and completeness.

Data Processing and Editing

The 2001–2002 Audiometry Questionnaire data was verified against the main data file prior to public release.

Analytic Notes

Audiologic data analysis is a complex endeavor requiring knowledge of the specialty content area for valid results to be obtained. If an analyst does not have professional experience in this area, it is recommended that audiologic consultation be obtained to help formulate and review the results of the analysis.

Full sample interview weights should be employed if statistical analysis involves only NHANES questionnaire data. Although these data were collected as a part of the household questionnaire, if they are merged with NHANES MEC data, MEC examination sample weights should be used for the analysis. Specifically, if AUQ data is merged with NHANES Audiometry examination data, then the Audiometry examination subsample weights should be used for analysis.

Previous National Health Interview Survey and NHANES III Audiometry questionnaires served as questionnaire sources.

Audiometry Examination data is found in the Audiometry Section of the NHANES 2003–2004 Examination Files (AUX). The Occupation Section of the SP Household Questionnaire (OCQ) has related questions regarding SP’s current and past occupational noise exposure.

Please refer to the Analytic Guidelines for further details on the use of sample weights and other analytic issues at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes/survey_methods.htm

The AUQ data are publicly available at www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.

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 - 150 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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Good 7974 7974
2 Little trouble 1357 9331
3 Lot of trouble 285 9616
4 Deaf 24 9640
7 Refused 0 9640
9 Don't know 5 9645
. Missing 0 9645

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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Less than 1 year ago 640 640
2 1 year to 4 years ago 917 1557
3 More than 4 years ago 2267 3824
4 Never 1149 4973
7 Refused 1 4974
9 Don't know 66 5040
. Missing 4605 9645

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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 286 286
2 No 4753 5039 AUQ190
7 Refused 0 5039 AUQ190
9 Don't know 1 5040 AUQ190
. Missing 4605 9645

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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 166 166 AUQ180
2 No 120 286
7 Refused 0 286
9 Don't know 0 286
. Missing 9359 9645

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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 58 58
2 No 62 120 AUQ190
7 Refused 0 120 AUQ190
9 Don't know 0 120 AUQ190
. Missing 9525 9645

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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Almost always, 131 131
2 At least once a day, 29 160
3 At least once a week, 22 182
4 At least once a month, or 20 202
5 Less frequently than once a month? 22 224
7 Refused 0 224
9 Don't know 0 224
. Missing 9421 9645

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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1315 1315
2 No 3714 5029 AUQ210
7 Refused 0 5029 AUQ210
9 Don't know 11 5040 AUQ210
. Missing 4605 9645

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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Almost always, 315 315
2 At least once a day, 99 414
3 At least once a week, 155 569
4 At least once a month, or 232 801
5 Less frequently than once a month? 509 1310
7 Refused 0 1310
9 Don't know 5 1315
. Missing 8330 9645

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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 380 380
2 No 4655 5035 AUQ230
7 Refused 0 5035 AUQ230
9 Don't know 5 5040 AUQ230
. Missing 4605 9645

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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 170 170
2 No 210 380
7 Refused 0 380
9 Don't know 0 380
. Missing 9265 9645

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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1190 1190
2 No 3847 5037 End of Section
7 Refused 0 5037 End of Section
9 Don't know 3 5040 End of Section
. Missing 4605 9645

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 - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 316 316
2 No 874 1190
7 Refused 0 1190
9 Don't know 0 1190
. Missing 8455 9645