Submitted for Publication: November 5, 2014; final revision received March 2, 2015; accepted April 2, 2015.
Published Online: May 28, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2015.0889.
Study concept and design: Cruickshanks, Dhar, Dinces, Fifer, Gonzalez, Hoffman, Newhoff, Tocci, Torre.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Cruickshanks, Fifer, Gonzalez, Heiss, Hoffman, Lee, Tocci, Tweed.
Drafting of the manuscript: Cruickshanks, Gonzalez, Lee, Newhoff, Torre.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Dhar, Dinces, Fifer, Gonzalez, Heiss, Hoffman, Lee, Tocci, Tweed.
Statistical analysis: Cruickshanks, Gonzalez, Hoffman.
Obtained funding: Dinces, Heiss, Hoffman.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Cruickshanks, Dinces, Fifer, Gonzalez, Heiss, Hoffman, Newhoff, Tocci, Tweed.
Study supervision: Cruickshanks, Dinces, Heiss.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos was carried out as a collaborative study supported by contracts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to the University of North Carolina (N01-HC65233), University of Miami (N01-HC65234), Albert Einstein College of Medicine (N01-HC65235), Northwestern University (N01-HC65236), and San Diego State University (N01-HC65237). The hearing protocol and Hearing Reading Center were sponsored and funded as an adjunct to HCSH/SOL through Intra-Agency Agreement with the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health. In addition, the following institutes, centers, or offices contributed to specific components in the protocol and, also, to the overall collection of data in the HCHS/SOL through a transfer of funds to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the Office of Dietary Supplements.
Role of the Funder/Sponsor: Under the cooperative agreement the funding agencies were involved in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, and approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
Additional Contributions: We thank the staff and participants of HCHS/SOL for their contributions. A complete list of staff and investigators is available in Lavange LM, Kalsbeek WD, Sorlie PD, et al, Ann Epidemiol. 2010;20:642-649, and is also available on the study website (https://www2.cscc.unc.edu/hchs).