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Hearing Loss and Aging: Considerations for the Clinician

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1.  Age-related sensorineural hearing loss is typically characterized as:
  1. Sloping low-frequency hearing loss
  2. Sloping high-frequency hearing loss
  3. Bilaterally symmetric hearing loss
  4. Flat hearing loss across the frequency range
2.  According to current theories of speech perception, older adults will have the most difficulty identifying words:
  1. That sound like many other words
  2. That sound like a small number of other words
  3. That have a lot of different sounds (phonemes in them)
  4. That refer to abstract concepts
3.  One reason that hearing aids are not completely effective at restoring speech perception is:
  1. Most times they can't make sounds loud enough
  2. They amplify both the target speech and other background noise
  3. They only can amplify low-frequency sounds
  4. They only can amplify high-frequency sounds
4.  Which of the following is the primary cause of mortality and most closely associated with longevity?
  1. Smoking
  2. Obesity
  3. Social isolation/disengagement
  4. Genetics
5.  Which of the following is not a social correlate of healthy aging/well being?
  1. Social support
  2. Structure of social networks
  3. Quality and quantity of social interactions
  4. Multimorbidity
6.  Which of the following metrics mediates the connection between acoustic challenges, listening effort, and decision to withdraw?
  1. Motivation
  2. Fatigue
  3. Speaker accent
  4. Context
7.  According to Weinstein (1983) which of the following correlates most strongly with loneliness and isolation measures?
  1. HHIE scores
  2. Four frequency PTA
  3. SCAN test scores
  4. HMS scores
8.  Which of the following correlates most strongly with fatigue?
  1. DeJong Gierveld Loneliness Scale Scores
  2. UCLA Loneliness Scale Scores
  3. HHIE scores
  4. Four frequency pure-tone average
9.  The following descriptor describes which of the following behaviors associated with dementia: no knowledge of having a particular disease overestimation of abilities?
  1. Amnesia
  2. Anosognosia
  3. Aphasia
  4. Apraxia
10.  Which of the following statement best describes the connection between hearing health care interventions and dementia onset and progression?
  1. Hearing aids prevent dementia
  2. Hearing aid use reverses symptoms of dementia
  3. There is no direct evidence that treatment of hearing loss can prevent or delay dementia onset
  4. Persons with dementia are ideal candidates for cochlear implantation as they reduce the severity of dementia symptoms
11.  Which of the following is the most common form of dementia?
  1. Alzheimer's disease
  2. Lewy Body
  3. Parkinsonian
  4. Frontotemporal neuropathy
12.  The Oldest-Old is best defined as:
  1. Adults aged 95 and above
  2. Adults aged 85 and above
  3. Adults aged 75 and above
  4. The term has not been defined
13.  ___ percent of Oldest Old seniors with impactful hearing loss will accept a simple amplifier during their medical appointment if offered.
  1. 76%
  2. 50%
  3. 25%
  4. 10%
14.  ___ percent of Oldest Old seniors accessing geriatric care who have measured impactful hearing loss report that they have hearing problems.
  1. 63%
  2. 53%
  3. 73%
  4. 83%
15.  Audiology assistants can positively impact the audiologists:
  1. Ability to access and provide services to seniors
  2. Ability to appeal to this demographic
  3. Ability to be reimbursed by Medicare for the assistant's work
  4. Ability to be reimbursed by Medicaid for the assistant's work

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