Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
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Clinical Summary of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation
Asymptomatic adults aged 50 years or older
Grade: I (Insufficient Evidence)
|Risk Assessment||Increasing age is the most important risk factor for hearing loss. Other risk factors include a history of exposure to loud noises or ototoxic agents, including occupational exposures, previous recurrent inner ear infections, genetic factors, and certain systemic diseases, such as diabetes.|
Various screening tests are used in primary care settings to detect hearing loss in adults, including:
|Interventions||Hearing aids can improve self-reported hearing, communication, and social functioning for some adults with age-related hearing loss.|
|Balance of Harms and Benefits||There is inadequate evidence to determine the balance of benefits and harms of screening for hearing loss in adults aged 50 years or older.|
For a summary of the evidence systematically reviewed in making these recommendations, the full recommendation statement, and supporting documents, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/.
Disclaimer: Recommendations made by the USPSTF are independent of the U.S. government. They should not be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Internet Citation: Clinical Summary: Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. February 2014.