Minimal Hearing Loss in Children, 1991-1994: [Davidson County, Tennessee] (ICPSR 6573)

Principal Investigator(s): Bess, Fred H., Vanderbilt University. Bill Wilkerson Center


The purpose of this survey and follow-up case-control study was to estimate the prevalence of minimal hearing loss in school-age children and to determine whether children with minimal hearing loss experienced any psychoeducational or functional complications. Third-, sixth-, ninth-, and eleventh-grade children were evaluated for hearing threshold levels and type of hearing loss, as well as middle ear function and associated abnormalities. The data include results from acoustic otoscope, diagnostic immittance, and GSI-37 auto tymp tests. The case-control data contain scores from the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills, scores from the Revised Behavior Problem Checklist, and other variables.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Audiology Results - Download All Files (0.495 MB)
DS2:  GSI-37 Auto Tymp Results - Download All Files (0.312 MB)
DS3:  History and COOP Results - Download All Files (0.387 MB)
DS4:  Identification Information - Download All Files (0.325 MB)
DS5:  Middle Ear Function Results - Download All Files (0.609 MB)
DS6:  Otoscopic and Audioscopic Results - Download All Files (0.397 MB)
DS7:  Consolidated Survey Data - Download All Files (1.955 MB)
DS8:  Case-Control Data - Download All Files (0.39 MB)

Study Description


Bess, Fred H. Minimal Hearing Loss in Children, 1991-1994: [Davidson County, Tennessee]. ICPSR06573-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (16692)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    children, hearing impairment, hearing loss

Geographic Coverage:    Tennessee, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1991-03-01--1994-03-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1991-09-01--1994-03-01

Universe:    School children attending public schools in Davidson County, Tennessee.

Data Type(s):    clinical data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook refers to the original dataset numbers (part numbers) this study had before it was reorganized into eight datasets. In the original release, the study had separate datasets (parts) for the SAS versions of the data files which resulted in the following dataset numbers and titles: DS1: Audiology Results; DS2: SAS Transport File for Audiology Results; DS3: GSI-37 Auto Tymp Results; DS4: SAS Transport File for GSI-37 Auto Tymp Results; DS5: History and COOP Results; DS6: SAS Transport File for History and COOP Results; DS7: Identification Information; DS8: SAS Transport File for Identification Information; DS9: Middle Ear Function Results; DS10: SAS Transport File for Middle Ear Function Results; DS11: Otoscopic and Audioscopic Results; DS12: SAS Transport File for Otoscopic and Audioscopic Results; DS13: Consolidated Survey Data; DS14: SAS Transport File for Consolidated Survey Data; DS15: Case-Control Data; and DS16: SAS Transport File for Case-Control Data.

The survey files (Parts 1-12) can be linked by the ID variable at the beginning of each file.

The SAS transport files were generated by the SAS CPORT procedure.


Sample:    The survey was planned as a probability-proportional-to- size sample of schools.

Data Source:

personal interviews and medical examinations


Original ICPSR Release:   1996-11-21

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 9 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 1997-11-18 The documentation for this study is now available as a PDF file.

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