A comparison of self-reported hearing and pure tone threshold average in the Iowa Farm Family Health and Hazard Survey

Seong Woo Choi, Corinne Peek-Asa, Craig Zwerling, Nancy L. Sprince, Risto H. Rautiainen, P. S. Whitten, Greg A. Flamme

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Abstract

Background: Self-reported hearing measures are useful for surveying hearing loss in a population because they are short, and easy to administer by either questionnaire or telephone. This study aims to assess the performance of several self-reported hearing measures to identify hearing loss in a group of Iowa farmers. Methods: The study su bjects were 98 mate farmers who participated in the Iowa Farm Family Health and Hazard Survey. We tested three self-reported hearing measures; the hearing screening questions, the Rating Scale for Each Ear (RSEE), and the Health, Education and Welfare-Expanded Hearing Ability Scale (HEW-EHAS), which were originally developed and implemented in the National Health Interview Survey. The sensitivity and specificity of the self-reported hearing measures were assessed by comparing them with pure tone threshold averages. These sensitivity and specificity measures were compared between younger and older age groups. Results: The sensitivities of the screening questions, RSEE, and HEW-ERAS were 73.0%, 66.7%, and 53.3%, respectively. The specificities of the self-reported hearing measures were similar, which ranged from 81.4% to 84.8%. The sensitivities of the self-reported hearing measures were higher in the younger age group while the specificities were higher in the older age group. Conclusions: The results of this study support the use of simple screening questions in identifying hearing loss among farmers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Agromedicine
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

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Keywords

  • Farmers
  • Pure tone threshold average
  • Self-reported hearing
  • Sensitivity
  • Specificity

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A comparison of self-reported hearing and pure tone threshold average in the Iowa Farm Family Health and Hazard Survey. / Choi, Seong Woo; Peek-Asa, Corinne; Zwerling, Craig; Sprince, Nancy L.; Rautiainen, Risto H.; Whitten, P. S.; Flamme, Greg A.

In: Journal of Agromedicine, Vol. 10, No. 3, 01.12.2005, p. 31-39.

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Choi, Seong Woo ; Peek-Asa, Corinne ; Zwerling, Craig ; Sprince, Nancy L. ; Rautiainen, Risto H. ; Whitten, P. S. ; Flamme, Greg A. / A comparison of self-reported hearing and pure tone threshold average in the Iowa Farm Family Health and Hazard Survey. In: Journal of Agromedicine. 2005 ; Vol. 10, No. 3. pp. 31-39.
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