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Bogardus, Jr ST, Yueh B, Shekelle PG. Screening and Management of Adult Hearing Loss in Primary Care: Clinical Applications. JAMA. 2003;289(15):1986–1990. doi:10.1001/jama.289.15.1986
Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn (Dr Bogardus); Health Services Research and Development and Surgical Services, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Wash (Dr Yueh); Departments of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle (Dr Yueh); and RAND Health and the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Los Angeles, Calif (Dr Shekelle).
Scientific Review and Clinical Applications Section
Editor: Wendy Levinson, MD, Contributing Editor.
Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions and
has important implications for patient quality of life. However, hearing loss
is substantially underdetected and undertreated. We present clinical cases
to illustrate common situations in which primary care physicians may be called
on to identify or to manage hearing loss. With the data reported in the companion
scientific review as a guide, we present potential answers to important questions
pertaining to hearing loss and suggest ways in which primary care physicians
can improve the detection, evaluation, and treatment of hearing loss. The
cases focus on screening for chronic hearing loss, evaluation of hearing loss,
and treatment of patients with presbycusis.
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