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Self-perception of hearing ability as a strong predictor of hearing aid purchase.

Authors
Palmer-CV; Solodar-HS; Hurley-WR; Byrne-DC; Williams-KO
Source
J Am Acad Audiol 2009 Jun; 20(6):341-347
NIOSHTIC No.
20035580
Abstract
Background: hearing threshold data are not particularly predictive of self-perceived hearing handicap or readiness to pursue amplification. Poor correlations between these measures have been reported repeatedly. When a patient is evaluated for hearing loss, it is common to collect both threshold data and the individual's self-perception of hearing ability. This is done to help the patient make an appropriate choice related to the pursuit of amplification or other communication strategies. It would be valuable, though, for the audiologist to be able to predict which patients are ready for amplification, which patients require more extensive counseling before pursuing amplification, and which patients simply are not ready for amplification regardless of the audiometric data. Purpose: the purpose of this study was to evaluate the following question for its potential usefulness as a determinant of patient readiness for amplification: "On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, how would you rate your overall hearing ability?" Research Design: the test-retest reliability and the predictive value of the question, based on final hearing aid purchase, were evaluated in a private practice setting. Study Sample: eight hundred forty hearing-impaired adults in the age range from 18 to 95 years. Collection and Analysis: data were collected retrospectively from patient files. Results and Conclusion: results were repeatable and supported the use of this question in similar clinical settings.
Keywords
Audiological-testing; Audiometers; Audiometry; Auditory-discrimination; Auditory-system; Hearing; Hearing-acuity; Hearing-disorders; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-level; Hearing-loss; Hearing-tests; Hearing-threshold; Psychological-effects; Psychological-responses; Sound-analyzers; Author Keywords: Hearing aids; hearing aid purchase; self-perception
Contact
Catherine V. Palmer, University of Pittsburgh, 4033 Forbes Tower, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
CODEN
JAAAE3
Publication Date
20090601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
palmercv@upmc.edu
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
1050-0545
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
State
OH
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