FRIDAY, July 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Having a recent hearing test is associated with a lower risk of underreporting hearing loss and a higher likelihood of hearing aid use, a letter finds. of research published online on July 14 in JAMA Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Janet S. Choi, MD, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and colleagues assessed the association between prior hearing testing and awareness of hearing loss and hearing aid use. The analysis included 3,192 adults aged 60 and older who had audiometric testing as part of the US Health and Nutrition Survey (2005 to 2016).
Researchers found that a history of having a more recent hearing test was associated with a lower risk of under-reporting hearing loss (odds ratio, 0.54) and a higher likelihood of hearing loss use. hearing aids (odds ratio, 14.59). The risk of under-reporting hearing loss was three times lower in those who had had a recent hearing test than in those who did not (odds ratio, 0.29) after adjusting for demographic characteristics, hearing loss measured by audiometry and tinnitus. The likelihood of hearing aid use was 10 times higher among those who had recently had a hearing test (odds ratio, 10.91) when the model was adjusted for degree of self-reported hearing impairment.
“Nevertheless, these results suggest that the implementation of hearing screening and subsequent specialist assessment may have utility in hearing loss awareness and utilization of hearing health care,” the authors write.
One author disclosed financial ties to the hearing technology industry.
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