On Monday the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final guideline for hearing-loss screening in older adults. In contrast to its 1996 guidelines, which recommended asking all older patients about hearing, the Task Force now says it can't recommend for or against it in patients not complaining of hearing loss.
"The Task Force recognizes this is important and common," Dr. Albert Siu, vice co-chairman of the Task Force, said. "We also know for people who complain of problems with their hearing, hearing aids can be beneficial. However, we don't believe there is sufficient evidence that older adults who don't have complaints should be screened."