The Sensitivity of Adolescent School-Based Hearing Screens

Sekhar, D. et al. (2016)Journal of School Nursing. 32(6) pp. 416-422

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High frequency hearing loss (HFHL), often related to hazardous noise, affects one in six U.S. adolescents. Yet, only 20 states include school-based hearing screens for adolescents. Only six states test multiple high frequencies. Study objectives were to

(1) compare the sensitivity of state school-based hearing screens for adolescents to gold standard sound-treated booth testing and

(2) consider the effect of adding multiple high frequencies and two-step screening on sensitivity/specificity.

Adolescent school-based hearing screen sensitivity improves with high frequencies.

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