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Hears most things people say (with hearing aid)

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For all sample persons over age 55, this variable indicates if the respondent could hear "most of the things people say" with their 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 HRMOSTSAID.


The Field Representative's Manual did not provide examples or definition of "most things" and instructed interviewers not try to define the answer categories (yes or no).

Related Variables

Other variables related to hearing are available in the 1984 survey.


These include:

"amount of trouble hearing" (HRPROBAMT), and (HRFEWORDS) whether the respondent hears only few words (with hearing aid).


This variable is only available for 1984.


  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+.


  • 1984