Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

@article{Moyer2012ScreeningFH,
  title={Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement},
  author={Virginia A. Moyer},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={157},
  pages={655 - 661}
}
  • V. Moyer
  • Published 6 November 2012
  • Medicine
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
DESCRIPTION Update of the 1996 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation statement on screening for hearing impairment in older adults. METHODS The USPSTF reviewed evidence published between 1950 and January 2010 on screening for age-related sensorineural hearing impairment in adults aged 50 years or older without diagnosed hearing loss in the primary care setting. POPULATION This recommendation applies to asymptomatic adults aged 50 years or older. It does not apply to… 
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