From the Journals: Tool Kit Helps Older Adults Screen Their Hearing Health A proposed hearing health care "tool kit," which helps people determine the possible benefits of hearing intervention, may promote older adults' quality of care and life. The tool kit includes a new, comprehensive and easy-to-administer self-report tool—the Screening for Otologic Functional Impairments. Researchers found the SOFI to have ... From the Journals
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From the Journals: Tool Kit Helps Older Adults Screen Their Hearing Health
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From the Journals: Tool Kit Helps Older Adults Screen Their Hearing Health
The ASHA Leader, September 2013, Vol. 18, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.FTJ2.18092013.38
The ASHA Leader, September 2013, Vol. 18, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.FTJ2.18092013.38
A proposed hearing health care "tool kit," which helps people determine the possible benefits of hearing intervention, may promote older adults' quality of care and life. The tool kit includes a new, comprehensive and easy-to-administer self-report tool—the Screening for Otologic Functional Impairments. Researchers found the SOFI to have high reliability and validity, and the potential to identify older adults requiring audiologic intervention.
The tool kit, for use by primary caregivers, includes several components integral to help-seeking behavior: a multifactorial risk assessment of chronic conditions, use of otoscopy or hand-held audiometry, a self-report screening tool, and a list of possible audiologic interventions and their benefits.
To assess the SOFI's reliability and validity, 29 older adults with varying levels of hearing impairment had hearing tests and completed a series of self-report tools designed to assess otologic function and depression. All participants completed the SOFI on two occasions.
The proposed tool kit's target population includes older adults with multiple conditions who are at risk for hearing-related functional deficits, and those likely to benefit from targeted audiologic interventions designed to optimize function, support independence, maximize safety, and cultivate self-sufficiency and social connectedness.
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