Codes and Frequencies
For all sample persons over age 55, this variable indicates if the respondent could hear "only a few words people say or loud noises" with a hearing aid. Interviewers first asked the respondent, and probed if necessary, to determine if the respondent wore a hearing aid. For respondents who indicated they used or ever used, a hearing aid, the interviewer included the phrase, "with your hearing aid" when asking the question for HRFEWORDS.
The Field Representative's Manual did not provide examples or definition of "only a few words" and instructed interviewers not try to define the answer categories (yes or no).
Other variables related to hearing are available inthe 1984 survey.
- 1984: Sample persons age 55+ who do not say that they can hear MOST of the things people say.
- 1984 : SAMPWEIGHT