Practices and attitudes related to hearing: A survey of executives

Sharon Fujikawa, James K. Cunningham

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Executives were surveyed about their hearing health-care practices and attitudes toward hearing loss (N = 140, mean age = 49, number of males = 133). In regard to hearing health-care practices, about one-third of the executives had not had a hearing test during the past 5 years. Fifty-one percent of the executives reported that a hearing test was conducted or recommended during their annual physical examinations. Twenty (14%) of the executives rated their hearing as fair or poor, but only two of them wore hearing aids. Executives who reported poorer hearing were less likely to have had recent hearing tests. When seeking a hearing evaluation, the xecutives indicated a two-to-one preference for medical doctors over audiologistsnone preferred hearing aid dispensers. Regarding attitudes, approximately 90% of the executives felt that earing aids were effective, but only two-thirds disagreed with the stereotype that hearing aids connote old age. Executives who tended to equate hearing aids with old age were less likely to be aware of hearingimpaired employees in their companies. Implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-360
Number of pages4
JournalEar and hearing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Speech and Hearing


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