Screening and Management of Adult Hearing Loss in Primary Care

Clinical Applications

Published in: JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association, v. 289, no. 16, Apr. 16, 2003, p. 1986-1990

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2002

by Sidney T. Bogardus, Jr., Bevan Yueh, Paul G. Shekelle

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Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions and has important implications for patient quality of life. However, hearing loss is substantially underdetected and undertreated. The authors present clinical cases to illustrate common situations in which primary care physicians may be called on to identify or to manage hearing loss. With the data reported in the companion scientific review as a guide, the authors present potential answers to important questions pertaining to hearing loss and suggest ways in which primary care physicians can improve the detection, evaluation, and treatment of hearing loss. The cases focus on screening for chronic hearing loss, evaluation of hearing loss, and treatment of patients with presbycusis.

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