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Prevalence & characteristics of severe and profound hearing loss in adults in a UK National Health Service clinic.
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PMID:  23205712     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective: To estimate the prevalence of severe and profound hearing loss in a clinical population and to report the audiological and hearing-aid characteristics for this group, as well as outcome measures from use of hearing aids. Design: A retrospective observational study initially, followed by a postal Glasgow health status inventory (GHSI) to establish the patients functional outcomes. Study sample: A clinical database of 32 781 cases was interrogated from which 2199 cases of severe /profound hearing loss were identified. From these, an adult sample stratified in terms of age and gender of n = 302 was contacted. Results: An estimated 6.7% of the local clinical population and 0.7% of the general population were found to have hearing > 70 dB averaged over 0.5, 1, and 2 kHz. Most patients were fitted with bilateral hearing aids, using a non-linear prescription, and as a group they reported a high level of social support. Conclusions: This study has estimated the prevalence of severe and profound hearing loss as 6.7% of the clinical population, and 0.7% of the general population. This is consistent with previous work, although it probably underestimates the prevalence. Further work is indicated to strengthen the estimate.
Laura Turton; Pauline Smith
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-4
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Title:  International journal of audiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1708-8186     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Audiol     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101140017     Medline TA:  Int J Audiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Hearing Link, Eastbourne , UK.
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