What is it about?

The current study addresses the issue of hearing loss among older adults based on a sample of Newcastle Thousand family study. More specifically, this study attempts to test if there is any difference in self-reported and measured hearing levels among individuals aged 61-63. As the results demonstrated, hearing loss was higher among males compared to females and there were significant inconsistencies between subjective and objective hearing data in this study. However, this inconsistency depended on the level of hearing loss; lesser chances of detecting milder forms of hearing loss via self-reported questionnaires. Another important finding is the small numbers of people with measured hearing loss actually using hearing aids in their daily lives.

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Why is it important?

Studying hearing loss and hearing related conditions is important especially at the time of increasing aging populations around the world. This study adds scientific evidence on underestimation of hearing levels at older ages and potential challenges in hearing aid usage among those in need. Results of this study may suggest improvements of objective measurement tools and further investigations on hearing aids use among older adults with different levels of hearing loss.


Working on this dataset with the co-authors and particularly under the supervision of Dr. Pearce was a great experience for me personally. I believe the current data which is based on the Newcasle Thousand Families study is a great and reliable source of information with its well-known measures and data collection techniques across decades. Although the analysis applied in this study may seem simplistic, the importance of findings have greater implications for future investigations and interventions on hearing loss.

Balnur Iskakova

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This page is a summary of: Differences Between Self-Reported and Objectively Measured Hearing Loss at Age 61–63 Years: The Newcastle Thousand Families Birth Cohort, American Journal of Audiology, June 2023, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2023_aja-22-00111.
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