Personal and social conditions potentially influencing women's hearing loss management

Dean C Garstecki*, S. F. Erler

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Little gender-specific data related to hearing loss and hearing loss management are available. The purpose of this investigation was to examine personal and social conditions affecting women at selected stages of the adult life course that may influence hearing loss management. In all, 191 women in three age groups, ranging from 35 to 85 years old, participated. None reported hearing problems. Participants completed a demographic data form and were given a standard audiometric evaluation to confirm age-normal hearing. Each completed assessments of speech understanding in quiet and noise, auditory signal duration discrimination, and binaural processing. Measures of hearing knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes; health-related locus of control; ego strength; and, social support were administered. Results revealed that although some variables deteriorate among subsequent age groups (i.e., hearing thresholds, central auditory processing, and ego strength), the reverse is true for others (i.e., social interaction and satisfaction with income). Age-specific sociodemographic burdens that may interfere with hearing loss management were noted. New psychosocial data are revealed against which women and men with impaired hearing may be compared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-90
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Audiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Aging
  • Hearing
  • Hearing loss management
  • Psychosocial
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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