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ENT-VSL-5 Increase the number of persons who are referred by their primary care physician or other health care provider for hearing evaluation and treatment

About the Data

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

Data Source: 
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
No
Measure: 
per 1,000 (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year): 
283.3 (2007)
Target: 
311.7
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of persons aged 18 years and over who have seen a doctor or other health care professional about any hearing or ear problems in the past 5 years and then seen, or been referred by their primary care physician to: a hearing specialist, Ear, Nose, and Throat [ENT] doctor (otolaryngologist or otologist), an audiologist, or hearing aid dispenser

Denominator: 

Number of persons aged 18 years and over who have seen a doctor or other health care professional about any hearing or ear problems in the past 5 years

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

    From the 2007 National Health Interview Survey Hearing Supplement:

    [NUMERATOR AND DENOMINATOR:]

    When was the last time you saw a doctor or other health care professional about any hearing or ear problems?

    1. Never
    2. In the past year
    3. 1 to 2 years ago
    4. 3 to 4 years ago
    5. 5 to 9 years ago
    6. 10 to 14 years ago
    7. 15 or more years ago
    8. Refused
    9. Don't know

    [NUMERATOR:]

    IN THE PAST 5 YEARS, have you seen or been referred by your doctor or other health care professional to
    a hearing specialist, such as an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor?
    [Read if necessary:] Include an Otolaryngologist (OH-toh-LAYR-ehn-GAHL-oh-jist) or Otologist (OH-tol-o-jist).]

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

    IN THE PAST 5 YEARS, have you seen or been referred by your doctor or other health care professional to
    an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency: 
Periodic
    Age Adjustment Notes: 

    This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

    • Total: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Sex: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Race/Ethnicity: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Educational Attainment: 25-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Family Income: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Family Type: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Country of Birth: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Disability Status: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Geographic Location: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Health Insurance Status: 18-44, 45-64
    • Marital Status: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+