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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Health Services Research and Development Service of the Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Screening and Management of Adult Hearing Loss in Primary Care: Scientific Review

Yueh, B., Shapiro, N., et al. (2003).
JAMA, 289(15), 1976-1985.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided No
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible No

Description: This is a review of articles, with an emphasis on randomized controlled trials, investigating the screening and management of adult hearing loss in primary care.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Older adults

Intervention/Assessment: Hearing screening and treatment.

Number of Studies Included: Not stated but "details of the search terms, databases used, and citations retrieved are available from the authors" (p. 1977).

Years Included: 1985 - 2001



  • Assessment/Screening
    • Assessment Areas and Assessment Instruments
      • Hearing Screening - "A variety of screening tests are available for use in the primary care setting, most notably the portable audioscope and the HHIE-S questionnaire… Many cases of hearing loss are treatable in the primary care setting, and prompt recognition of sudden hearing loss may prevent further deterioration or permanent deafness. In addition, recognition of hearing loss facilitates referral to appropriate hearing professionals for treatment that may lead to better quality of life” (p. 1984).

Keywords: Hearing Loss, Hearing Screening

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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