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January 1971

Self-Assessment of Hearing Handicap in the Aged

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Hearing and Speech Clinic, Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital (Dr. Berkowitz) and from the Division of English Education, Speech, and Speech and Hearing Center, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (Dr. Hochberg) New York.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;93(1):25-28. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770060057004

The relationships between self-assessment of hearing handicap as determined by the Hearing Handicap Scale and a battery of audiologic tests were investigated in an aged population of 100 individuals ranging from 60 to 87 years. Analysis of the data revealed that self-assessment of hearing handicap (1) was significantly related to the audiologic measures of pure-tone average, speech reception threshold, discrimination of words, and discrimination of sentences among individuals between 60 and 69 years, among female subjects, and for the total sample of subjects; (2) was significantly related to the puretone average and speech reception threshold for individuals between 70 and 79 years and for male subjects; and (3) was not significantly related to any audiologic measure for individuals between 80 and 87 years, although similar relationships were observed for this age group.

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