Hearing loss and hearing aid use in Hispanic adults: Results from the Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

D. J. Lee, D. L. Carlson, H. M. Lee, L. A. Ray, Kyriakos Markides

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Abstract

Data from the Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were employed to investigate the prevalence of hearing loss and hearing aid use in Mexican-American, Cuban-American, and Puerto Rican adults. Hearing loss was 6 to 14 times more prevalent in older (ages 54 to 74) vs younger (ages 20 through 34) subjects. Cuban Americans and Mexican Americans tended to have a similar prevalence of hearing loss, whereas Puerto Ricans had markedly lower rates. Mexican-American men had higher rates of hearing loss than Mexican-American women. The prevalence of hearing aid use among hearing-impaired individuals ranged from 2% to 11%. Implications for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1471-1474
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume81
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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