Diagnosis and management of hearing loss in elderly patients

Phan, Nga T., McKenzie, Jo-Lyn, Huang, Lisa, Whitfield, Bernard and Chang, Andrew (2016) Diagnosis and management of hearing loss in elderly patients. Australian Family Physician, 45 6: 366-369.

Author Phan, Nga T.
McKenzie, Jo-Lyn
Huang, Lisa
Whitfield, Bernard
Chang, Andrew
Title Diagnosis and management of hearing loss in elderly patients
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2016-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 45
Issue 6
Start page 366
End page 369
Total pages 4
Place of publication East Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit in elderly patients, and is often under-recognised and poorly managed. It is essential for all clinicians to have awareness and knowledge in this field to enable the institution of early and appropriate care.

Objective: The goal of this article is to review the causes, diagnosis and management of hearing loss as it applies to elderly patients. The review describes a useful approach that clinicians can apply to daily practice.

Discussion: For elderly patients presenting with hearing loss, the basic assessment should include history, physical examination and pure tone audiometry. Management depends on the cause and type of hearing loss, and options include medical therapy, surgery and amplification. In the absence of a simple and correctable cause, consider referring patients to an otolaryngologist for further assessment.
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