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Table 1 Proportions (numbers) of participants with hearing aid fitting and habitual use of hearing aid by the level of measured hearing loss (decibel hearing level, dB HL) in the better ear in the Blue Mountains Hearing Study population (aged 49 years or older).

From: A health policy for hearing impairment in older Australians: what should it include?

  Mild 26 ≤ 40dBHL Moderate 41 ≤ 60dBHL Severe >60dBHL
Hearing aid fitting and habitual use Level of hearing loss (dBHL) in the better ear
Women with fittings 15.0 (51/340) 55.9 (71/127) 100.0 (19/19)
Habitual use 10.3 (35/340) 43.0 (55/128) 95.0 (19/20)
Men with fittings 18.1 (57/315) 54.1 (72/133) 87.1 (27/31)
Habitual use 14.6 (46/316) 43.3 (58/134) 64.5 (20/31)
Persons with fitting 16.5 (108/655) 55.0 (143/260) 92.0 (46/50)
Habitual use 12.4 (81/656) 43.1 (113/262) 76.5 (39/51)