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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.
Hoffman-HJ; Dobie-RA; Ko-C-W; Themann-CL; Murphy-WJ
Ear Hear 2012 May/Jun; 33(3):437-440
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.
Hearing; Hearing-acuity; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-loss; Hearing-threshold; Age-factors; Age-groups; Statistical-analysis; Demographic-characteristics; Men; Women
Issue of Publication
Ear and Hearing
MD; TX; OH
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