Journal article

The prevalence of ear, nose and throat problems in the community: results from a national cross-sectional postal survey in Scotland

PC Hannaford, JA Simpson, AF Bisset, A Davis, W McKerrow, R Mills

Family Practice | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of ear, nose and throat (ENT) symptoms experienced by individuals living in Scotland, and their use of GP or hospital services for these problems. METHODS: A cross-sectional postal self-completed questionnaire was sent to a random sample of 12,100 households throughout Scotland. 15,788 individuals aged 14+ years living in the 7244 households who returned the questionnaire (adjusted response rate 64.2%) participated in the study. RESULTS: Roughly a fifth of respondents reported currently having hearing difficulties, including difficulty following conversations when there is background noise and hearing problems causing worry or upset; few wore a hearing aid..

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