Assessment of Hearing Aids Outcomes for Patients With Hearing Loss

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Rattinan Tiravanitchakul Wannipha Chuchai Pongsakorn Lorprasert Angkana Lertpoompunya

Abstract

Background: Age-related hearing loss is a vital problem that impacts daily living including communication, socialization, and wellbeing. To be fitted with appropriate hearing aids can certainly improve quality of life. Therefore, it is essential to develop a set of indicators that will be used to measure hearing aids outcomes.


Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of hearing-aid outcomes and to examine common hearing aid problems.


Methods: A retrospective analysis of medical records of 634 patients receiving hearing aids services at Ramathibodi Hospital from July 2015 to June 2016, was performed. Data were collected using a data collection form and were examined by conducting descriptive analysis and paired t tests. Common hearing aid problems were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.


Results: Of 634 patients receiving hearing aids services, the average hearing thresholds and speech recognition scores among with and without hearing aids, across a range of hearing loss, were statistically significant (P < .01). Patients’ satisfaction on hospital services, and on hearing aids were 4.64 and 4.34, respectively. Common hearing aid problems were communication strategy, hearing aid manipulation, and routine maintenance of hearing aids and/or ear molds.


Conclusions: Patients receiving hearing aids services from Ramathibodi Hospital reported better speech sound hearing and communication. They were satisfied with hospital services and hearing aids on defined indicators.

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Tiravanitchakul, R., Chuchai, W., Lorprasert, P., & Lertpoompunya, A. (2019). Assessment of Hearing Aids Outcomes for Patients With Hearing Loss. Ramathibodi Medical Journal, 42(3), 24 - 34. https://doi.org/10.33165/rmj.2019.42.3.169111
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