Self reported hearing loss among elderly Malaysians

  • Rosdina AK
  • Leelavathi M
  • Zaitun A
  • VKM Lee
  • Azimah MN
  • Majmin SH
  • Mohd KA
Keywords: Elderly, hearing impairment, hearing loss, Malaysia

Abstract

A cross-sectional study was conducted on patients attending a primary care facility to determine the prevalence of self reported hearing loss using a single question, “Do you have hearing loss?” Pure tone audiometry was performed to compare the accuracy of the self report. A total of 111 patients were recruited. The prevalence of self reported hearing loss using a single question and pure tone audiometry was 24.3% and 36.9% respectively. By using pure tone audiometry at a cut-offlevel of 25 dBHL (decibels Hearing level), the single question yielded a sensitivity of 41.4% and specificity of 85.0%.The single question performed better at 40 dBHL pure tone audiometry with sensitivity of 55.0% and specificity of 82.0%. In conclusion, the prevalence of hearing loss in elderly was high and the single question self reported hearing loss performed satisfactorily with moderate hearing loss.

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Published
2012-10-01
How to Cite
AKR., ML., AZ., LeeV., MNA., SHM., & KAM. (2012). Self reported hearing loss among elderly Malaysians. Malaysian Family Physician, 5(2), 4. Retrieved from https://www.e-mfp.org/ojs3/index.php/MFP/article/view/74
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