Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly – Screening version (Ventry & Weinstein, 1983)

For the following questions, answer “Yes” “Sometimes” or “No.” When you are finished, assign a numerical value to your answers according to this key:

Yes = 4
Sometimes = 2
No = 0

1. Does a hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when you meet new people?

2. Does a hearing problem cause you to feel frustrated when talking to members of your family?

3. Do you have difficulty hearing when someone speaks in a whisper?

4. Do you feel handicapped by a hearing problem?

5. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when visiting friends, relatives or neighbors?

6. Does a hearing problem cause you to attend meetings/religious services less often than you would like?

7. Does a hearing problem cause you to have arguments with family members?

8. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when listening to TV or radio?

9. Do you feel that any difficulty with your hearing limits or hampers your personal or social life?

10. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when in a restaurant with relatives or friends?


Now add up your answers.

If you achieved a score less than 10, you have passed this screening and do not demonstrate a hearing handicap, according to this questionnaire. You may still want to have your hearing tested, although at this time it may not be necessary. However, if you notice any change in your hearing abilities, a hearing test should be conducted.

If you achieved a score of 10 or greater, you did not pass this screening and demonstrate some degree of a perceived hearing handicap, according to this questionnaire. It is highly recommended that you have your hearing tested and if relevant, begin discussions for a plan of audiologic rehabilitation.

 


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