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Saturday, February 12 • 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Accuracy of audiometric indicators of hearing trouble

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There is a long history of using audiometric criteria to identify people likely to experience hearing trouble in daily life. Some audiometric criteria favor sensitivity (i.e., maximizing correct identification of people reporting hearing trouble), while others favor specificity (i.e., minimizing misidentification of people without reported hearing trouble as hearing impaired). Positive predictive value (PPV, i.e., likelihood of criterion accurately predicting hearing trouble) depends on high specificity. The difference between the population prevalence of hearing trouble (16% in those aged 20-49 years) and the PPV is an indication of a criterion’s usefulness. In this presentation, we report sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values for various audiometric criteria, ranging from highly sensitive (e.g., any audiometric threshold worse than 15 dB HL) to highly specific (e.g., pure tone average thresholds worse than 40 dB), using data generalizing to the U.S. population (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey - NHANES). The most sensitive criteria yield PPVs approximating the population prevalence of self-reported hearing trouble, meaning that positive decisions based on those criteria are as accurate as using no criteria. The preponderance of people identified using these criteria do not report hearing trouble, so these criteria cannot be used to predict hearing trouble with reasonable confidence.

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Gregory Flamme, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, SASRAC
Dr. Gregory Flamme is the Senior Scientist and Chief Operating Officer of Stephenson and Stephenson Research and Consulting (SASRAC), which is a company founded by Dr. Mark Stephenson and Dr. Carol Stephenson. Dr. Flamme has a Ph.D. in Audiology from the University of Memphis, completed... Read More →

Carol Stephenson, Ph.D.

Dr. Carol Stephenson is the Chief Executive Officer of Stephenson and Stephenson Research and Consulting (SASRAC). She is a Social psychologist with her doctoral work in applied social and experimental psychology. Dr. Stephenson worked for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More →

Mark Stephenson, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark Stephenson is the owner and principal consultant for Stephenson and Stephenson Research and Consulting (SASRAC). He received his Ph.D. in audiology and hearing science from The Ohio State University in 1986. Mark was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, where he served until... Read More →

Stephen Tasko, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen Tasko is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Western Michigan University and Research Consultant with Stephenson and Stephenson Research and Consulting (SASRAC). Dr. Tasko earned his Ph.D. in Communication Disorders... Read More →
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Christa Themann, MA, CCC-A

Audiologist, NIOSH
Christi is a Research Audiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her master’s degree in audiology from the University of Cincinnati and is a doctoral candidate in epidemiology. Her research experience includes animal... Read More →

Saturday February 12, 2022 3:00pm - 8:00pm CST