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Evaluation of Hearing Loss Referrals in a University ENT Department
Aim: The aim of the present paper is to assess the degree of sensorineural hearing loss in the sample of the general population who were referred to our clinic due to hearing loss complaints.
Materials and Methods: We assessed 65 patients (ages 16 to 94 years; mean, 64 years) with the main symptom of hearing loss. Thirty-four were men (52.3%) and 31 were women (47.7%). Patients with conductive deafness and congenital hearing loss were excluded.
Results: The pure tone audiograms in decibels showed:
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Conclusion: Although the average age of the patients studied was 64 years (median age, 66 years) and high-frequency hearing loss due to presbyacousis was expected, the hearing thresholds were almost symmetrical across the main frequencies in the speech range (500 to 2000 Hz) suggesting that even analogue hearing aids may benefit the patients.