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Research Article

The Category Subdivision Scale of Subjective Hearing Impairment a Screening Instrument for Reduced Hearing Capacity

Verena Wagner1,2*, Wolfgang Rominger1 and K Wolfgang Kallus1

1Department of Psychology, Work, Organizational and Environmental Psychology, University of Graz, Austria

2Faculty Industrial Technologies, Campus Tuttlingen, Furtwangen University, Germany

*Corresponding Author:
Verena Wagner
Faculty Industrial Technologies, Campus Tuttlingen
Furtwangen University, Germany
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Received date: April 18, 2017; Accepted date: April 26, 2017; Published date: May 04, 2017

Citation: Wagner V, Rominger W, Kallus KW (2017) The Category Subdivision Scale of Subjective Hearing Impairment - a Screening Instrument for Reduced Hearing Capacity. J Ergonomics 7:196. doi: 10.4172/2165-7556.1000196

Copyright: © 2017 Wagner V, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Demographic development will lead to an aging working population. Therefore, dealing with age-related impairments like hearing impairment has become a central issue. Thus, there is need in a valid screening instrument for hearing impairment. So, a new simple method, the Category Subdivision Scale of Subjective Hearing Impairment (CSS-SHI), was tested.

Data are collected within five different studies (236 employees): One pilot study and four studies to validate and replicate the results of the pilot study. In each study the participants first assessed their self-reported hearing impairment using the CSS-SHI and afterwards hearing capacity was measured by audiometry.

The results show that self-reported hearing impairment measured with CSS-SHI correlates substantially with pure-tone audiometry.

The CSS-SHI is a very fast and easy to use screening instrument that allows a valid statement about hearing impairment, also when the situation, sample size and/or environment do not allow the use of a pure-tone audiometry.

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