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