the Journal of the American Academy of
Audiology by Laine Waggoner, MA, MS
An effective screening tool for all
ages. Try this to see how you score !
you feel handicapped by a hearing problem which causes you to:
A “Yes” response = 4
points. “Sometimes” = 2 points. “No” = 0 points.
A score in excess of 10 suggests a
need for referral to a hearing health care provider. Patients should consult a
physician (an otologist or otolaryngologist-ENT) who specializes in diagnosing
and treating diseases of the ear. Then, see a licensed audiologist or licensed
hearing instrument specialist for a hearing evaluation which produces an
should be screened periodically for hearing loss, especially anyone who answers
“yes” to any question on this test, as well as all those over 50 years of
age and those with heart disease, AIDS, kidney ailments, diabetes mellitus,
ototoxic drug use and/or excessive exposure to noise. Screen children every
year, especially high-risk children.