Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Hearing Health Care among Older Americans

Carrie L. Nieman, Nicole L Marrone, Sarah L. Szanton, Roland J. Thorpe, Frank R. Lin

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Objective: Hearing impairment is highly prevalent, but little is known about hearing health care among older minority adults. Method: We analyzed nationally representative, cross-sectional data from 1,544 older adults >70 years with audiometry and hearing care data from the 2005-2006 and 2009-2010 National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys. Results: After adjusting for age and speech frequency pure tone average, Blacks (odds ratio [OR] = 1.68, vs. Whites) and those with greater education (OR = 1.63, >college vs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-94
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • health care disparities
  • hearing health care
  • hearing loss
  • minority health
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care

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