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The Rational Clinical Examination
David L. Simel, Drummond Rennie
Hearing Impairment
David L. Simel
Make the Diagnosis: Hearing Impairment

Topics Discussed: audiometry, criterion standard comparisons (diagnostic tests), diagnosis, elderly, hearing impairment, hearing loss, conductive, hearing loss, mixed conductive-sensorineural, hearing tests, likelihood ratio, make the diagnosis, presbycusis, rinne test, sensorineural hearing loss, tuning fork testing, weber's test

Excerpt: "Presbycusis, sensorineural hearing loss related to aging, is the most common cause of hearing loss in the United States, affecting 25%-40% of adults aged 65 years or older.1-5 The prevalence is 40%-66% for adults older than 75 years and more than 80% for patients older than 85 years.6-8..."
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