The UK NSC recommendation on Hearing loss screening in adults


Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed January 2016
Next review due in 2018/19
Key downloads
A systematic population screening programme of hearing loss in older adults is not recommended.


Hearing loss in older adults is a serious public health problem. The evidence is too limited to establish the type of screening test to be used, the severity of hearing loss to target, the age of the population to be screened, the frequency of screening. The effectiveness of the long term use of hearing aids and on the effectiveness of additional interventions aimed at improving the duration of hearing aid use is also uncertain.


There remains an absence of RCT evidence demonstrating that screen detected hearing loss results in better outcomes compared with hearing loss detected through usual care.


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