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20Q: Assessing Auditory Wellness in Older Adults

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1.  Which of the following is a correct statement about perceived hearing difficulties and audiometric test results?
  1. A given amount of pure tone hearing loss corresponds to a wide range of perceived hearing difficulties.
  2. Perceived hearing difficulties are a 1:1 correlation with pure tone audiogram (for example, a mild hearing loss corresponds to mild hearing difficulties, etc.).
  3. There is no correlation between perceived hearing difficulty and audiometric results.
  4. People with hearing loss do not report perceived hearing difficulties except for those with audiometric test results in the severe to profound range.
2.  What is the single greatest factor leading to eventual hearing aid uptake, according to research?
  1. Audiometric severity of hearing loss
  2. Perceived difficulty hearing as judged by the individual
  3. Speech in noise performance
  4. Otoacoustic emissions results
3.  What reliable and validated tool does the author suggest could be used to measure auditory wellness?
  1. Ear thermometer
  2. Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI)
  3. Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly (HHIE) or HHIE-S
  4. WHO Otologic Wellness Screening Assessment (WOWSA)
4.  Which of the following is true regarding the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly (HHIE)?
  1. Only professionals holding certification can administer it for accurate results
  2. It requires 1-2 hours to complete, on average
  3. It is being beta tested and has not been validated
  4. It asks about difficulties hearing in social and emotional contexts and can be self-administered
5.  According to the author’s research on self-fitting hearing aids as described in this article, which of the following statements is true?
  1. Successful outcomes were obtained with self-fit hearing devices
  2. People with normal hearing purchased hearing aids when they reported hearing difficulty and noticed benefit with hearing devices
  3. There was similarity in outcomes between the two fittings methods, audiology best practices (AB) and consumer-decides (CD)
  4. All of the above

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