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Hearing screening in a dental office using self-assessment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2269413     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Experiences in a statewide health fair screening program prompted development of alternate methods for screening hearing of adults including one in a dental office summarized here. Because it was considered impractical to use pure-tone screening, several self-assessment procedures were tested against pure-tone findings in a pilot study. As a result, the Rating Scale for Each Ear (RSEE) was selected for use. In the pilot and main study, 796 adult dental patients were evaluated and 21 to 29% failed the screening, depending on whether self-assessment procedures or pure tones were used. Although the dental office staff was generally supportive of the program, there were some problems in implementation. The number who returned for follow-up (N = 14) was disappointing, but there were several very positive benefits to the program including distribution of earplugs and education on the adverse effects of noise. In terms of general feasibility of such screening, from an epidemiology standpoint the program was judged to have good efficacy and efficiency but there were serious problems in effectiveness.
R L Schow; L Reese; T C Smedley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ear and hearing     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0196-0202     ISO Abbreviation:  Ear Hear     Publication Date:  1990 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-02-15     Completed Date:  1991-02-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8005585     Medline TA:  Ear Hear     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  28S-40S     Citation Subset:  IM    
Idaho State University, Pocatello.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Audiometry, Pure-Tone
Dental Offices
Mass Screening / methods*
Middle Aged
Pilot Projects
Referral and Consultation
Self Assessment (Psychology)*

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