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Accuracy of automated pure-tone audiometry in older persons

Research project
Active research
Project owner
Maria Hoff, audiologist, PhD-student, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology

Short description

In this project we study the validity and accuracy of automated hearing testing in older persons. More than 200 persons aged 70, and 100 persons aged 85, were tested with conventional pure-tone audiometry, administered by an audiologist, and with an equivalent automated method. Previous research has shown that automated pure-tone audiometry works well, but there is a lack of studies on older persons. Automated pure-tone audiometry has the potential to increase the accessibility of hearing care for older persons, who may have difficulties getting to the clinic, or who are in residential care homes. This study is part of a PhD Thesis project, Peripheral and central auditory function I 70-year olds – an epidemiological survey. The data was collected within the framework of the Gothenburg H70 Birth Cohort Study.