Incidence of hearing decline in the elderly.


Pure-tone audiometry was done on 1475 persons on two occasions 6 years apart by the same audiologist in the same facility. The age of the subjects ranged from 58 to 88 years at the initial testing and 63 to 95 at the second. The average 6-year threshold change ranged from 1 to 8 dB at 250-6 kHz and 10-15 dB at 8 kHz. The differences in thresholds fell into… (More)


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