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September 1980

Hearing and Aging: Tactics for Intervention,

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Galveston, Tex

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(9):585. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790330065022

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Hearing impairment is the third most common chronic disorder (after arthritis and visual impairment) in the elderly; more than half the population with bilateral hearing loss are older than 65 years, making presbyacusis the most common auditory disorder in the Unites States. This book, intended primarily for audiologists and hearing-aid dispensers, attempts to define the ever-increasing extent of the problem of hearing loss in the elderly and to suggest techniques and tactics for useful intervention.

There are no startlingly new statements or concepts in this book. The accurate audiologic assessment of the elderly includes conventional audiometry, listening tasks such as speech in noise, and tests of central auditory function such as auditory memory. The degree of auditory impairment usually dictates the primary technique of aural rehabilitation. The mainstay of rehabilitation remains a well-fitted hearing aid with advice on its correct use, speech (lip) reading, and the psychological support of the

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