Self-Perceived Hearing Loss, Hearing-Help Seeking and Hearing Aid Adoption Among Older Adults in Malaysia

Siti Zamratol Mai Sarah Mukari, Wan Fazlina Wan Hashim

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Introduction: The aims of this study were to examine the validity of self-perceived hearing loss in detecting hearing loss and factors associated with self-perceived hearing loss and hearing-help seeking and to report hearing aid adoption among a group of community-dwelling older adults in Malaysia. Methods: A total of 301 older adults (⩾60 years of age) participating in a study on aging had their hearing tested using pure-tone audiometry. Self-perceived hearing loss was assessed using a single question. Sociodemographic profile, otologic history, and general cognitive status were also obtained. Results: A single question had low sensitivity in detecting actual hearing loss: 31.3% for 4-frequency average > 25 dBHL and 48.8% for 4-frequency average > 40 dBHL. Besides hearing level, history of otorrhea and tinnitus were factors that were associated with self-perceived hearing loss among older adults with at least mild hearing loss. Hearing-help-seeking behavior was not associated with any of the tested variables. The hearing aid adoption rate was 2.7% and 7.3% among participants with 4-frequency averages > 25 dBHL and > 40 dBHL, respectively. Conclusion: The underestimation of hearing loss in the majority of older adults in this study poses a potential barrier to hearing loss intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)798-805
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Volume127
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

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Keywords

  • hearing aid adoption
  • hearing-help
  • older adults
  • self-perceived hearing loss

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  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Self-Perceived Hearing Loss, Hearing-Help Seeking and Hearing Aid Adoption Among Older Adults in Malaysia. / Mukari, Siti Zamratol Mai Sarah; Wan Hashim, Wan Fazlina.

In: Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, Vol. 127, No. 11, 01.11.2018, p. 798-805.

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Mukari, Siti Zamratol Mai Sarah ; Wan Hashim, Wan Fazlina. / Self-Perceived Hearing Loss, Hearing-Help Seeking and Hearing Aid Adoption Among Older Adults in Malaysia. In: Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. 2018 ; Vol. 127, No. 11. pp. 798-805.
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