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Prevalence and associated factors of hearing aid use among older adults in Chile.

Research paper by Eduardo E Fuentes-López, Adrian A Fuente, Felipe F Cardemil, Gonzalo G Valdivia, Cecilia C Albala

Indexed on: 24 Jun '17Published on: 24 Jun '17Published in: International journal of audiology



Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of use of hearing aids by older adults in Chile and the influence of some variables such as education level, income level and geographic area of residence on the prevalence of hearing aids.A national cross-sectional survey which was carried out in 2009.A representative sample of 4766 Chilean older adults aged 60 years and above.The percentage of older adults in Chile who self-reported hearing problems and used hearing aids was 8.9%. Such prevalence increased for adults living in urban areas and for those who knew about the new Chilean programme of universal access to health services (AUGE). For older adults who did not know about this programme, significant associations between the use of hearing aids and the variables of age, geographic area of residence, and income level were found.People's knowledge about AUGE programme may positively influence the use of hearing aids, although a direct effect cannot be attributed.