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AAO16: Age-related Hearing Loss: Audiometric Evaluation

AAO16: Age-related Hearing Loss: Audiometric Evaluation

High Priority: Yes
Care Coordination NQF Number: N/A

Percentage of patients age 60 years and older who failed a hearing screening and/or who report suspected hearing loss who received, were ordered, or were referred for comprehensive audiometric evaluation within 4 weeks the office visit.


All patients age 60 years and older who failed a hearing screening and/or report suspected hearing loss at the physician office visit.

Denominator Exclusions:


Denominator Exceptions:

Medical reason for not evaluating for hearing loss include patients who had an audiogram within last year; patients with an active diagnosis of deafness, hearing impairment, head or ear trauma, history of other hearing impairment. Patient refusal.


Patients who received, were ordered, or were referred for comprehensive audiometric evaluation.

  • Audiometric Evaluation: The hearing evaluation should include a physical examination of the patient’s ears and an evaluation of the patient’s hearing acuity using an audiometer in a sound booth. The hearing evaluation may include the use of pure tone audiometry, bone conduction hearing testing, Hearing in Noise Testing, speech tests, acoustic reflex text, auditory brainstem response testing (e.g. when patient is not able to complete behavioral audiometry) or other appropriate hearing evaluations tests.
Numerator Exclusions:


Measure Classifications:
  • Measure Type: Process
  • National Quality Strategy (NQS) domain: Communication and Care Coordination
  • Meaningful Measure Area: Preventive Care
  • Care Setting(s): Ambulatory Care: Clinician Office/Clinic
  • Includes Telehealth: Yes
  • Calculation: 1st Performance Rate
    • Inverse measure: No
    • Continuous measure: No
    • Proportional measure: Yes
    • Ratio measure: No
    • Risk Adjusted measure: No

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