Cost-Effectiveness of Hearing Screening in Older Adults: A Scoping Review

Amber K. Hsu*, Sarah M. Bassett, Linda C. O’Dwyer, Megan McHugh, Allen W. Heinemann, Neil Jordan, Sumitrajit Dhar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objectives: Age is the most common predictor of hearing loss; however, many older adults are not screened. Hearing screening could improve healthcare access, participation, and outcomes. Establishing whether hearing screening in older adults is cost-effective could improve the availability and utilization of screening. Methods: We searched nine databases in January 2020. Studies with populations aged 50+ and provided data on the cost-effectiveness of hearing screening were included in the review. Results: Five studies met the inclusion criteria and all found hearing screening programs to be cost-effective compared to no hearing screening, regardless of screening method (i.e., instrument or strategy). The maximum number of repeated screenings, coupled with younger ages, was most cost-effective. Discussion: This review suggests that hearing screening in older adults is cost-effective, however, the evidence is limited. There is pressing need for research focused on economic impacts of hearing healthcare in older adults to inform research, policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalResearch on Aging
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • cost
  • economic evaluation
  • hearing loss
  • hearing screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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