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Not Enough Data to Advise Routine Hearing Screens for Older People: Experts
Date:8/13/2012

ons given above," Storper said.

The panel pointed out that people who are experiencing trouble hearing or have issues that may be related to hearing loss, such as depression or memory problems, should still be assessed and treated for hearing loss.

"We want to help health care professionals better approach the problem of hearing loss in the future," Siu concluded. "To that end, more research is needed to define optimal screening guidelines. We also want to improve our understanding of the factors associated with sustained use of hearing aids to target testing and treatment to people most likely to benefit."

The final recommendation statement for Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults was published online Aug. 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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The U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has more about hearing loss and older adults.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCES: Ian Storper, M.D., director, otology, New York Head & Neck Institute, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, news release, Aug. 13, 2012


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