Declining Prevalence of Hearing Loss in US Adults Aged 20 to 69 Years

As the US population ages, effective health care planning requires understanding the changes in prevalence of hearing loss | JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

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Question: What changes have occurred in the prevalence of age- and sex-specific hearing loss during the past decade for adults aged 20 to 69 years?

Findings: Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, this study found that while the prevalence of hearing loss has continued to decline among adults aged 20 to 69 years, adult hearing loss is associated with increasing age, sex, race/ethnicity, educational level, and noise exposure.

Meaning: These results are consistent with a delayed onset of hearing loss to older ages and increased hearing health care needs as the US population grows and ages.

Full reference: Hoffman, H. et al. (2017) Declining Prevalence of Hearing Loss in US Adults Aged 20 to 69 Years. JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. Vol. 143 (no. 3) pp. 274-285

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