Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic conditions in older Americans. Routine hearing screening can identify those who are motivated to seek out and adhere to hearing aid use, thus improving hearing outcomes for older patients. The study results suggest that, in general, screening for hearing loss is inexpensive. Screening with a tone-emitting otoscope is a more cost effective approach compared with screening with a hearing handicap questionnaire or with both screening methods. The tone-emitting otoscope resulted in more hearing aid users with lower costs compared with the other screening methods.
Volume 48 Number 3, 2011
Pages 235 — 244
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