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ENT-VSL-3.3 Data Details

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ENT-VSL-3.3 Increase the proportion of adults aged 70 years and older with hearing loss who have ever used a hearing aid

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
National Health Interview Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
No
Measure: 
per 1,000
Baseline (Year): 
289.1 (2007)
Target: 
318.0
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of persons aged 70 years and over who have ever worn a hearing aid

Denominator: 

Number of persons aged 70 years and over with hearing loss in either ear, defined as the pure-tone average of thresholds at {1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 Hz} greater than or equal to 35 dB

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2006 National Health Interview Survey:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    Do you now use a hearing aid(s)?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don’t know

    Have you ever used a hearing aid(s) in the past?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don’t know
Methodology Notes: 

    A hearing aid is an electronic device that brings amplified sound to the ear, usually consisting of a microphone, amplifier, and receiver. A cochlear implant is a medical device that bypasses damaged structures in the inner ear and directly stimulates the auditory nerve, allowing some deaf individuals to hear and to maintain or develop speech and language.
    Assistive devices are technical tools and devices used to aid individuals who have communication disorders in performing actions, tasks, and activities. Examples include alphabet boards, text telephones (TT/TTY/TTD), and text-to-speech conversion software.

    The numerator for this measure, adults aged 70 years or older who respond that they have ever worn a hearing aid, is obtained annually from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); the denominator, adults aged 70 years or older who testing as having hearing loss in either ear, is obtained from the 2005–06 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).