Article  |   June 2009
Hearing Aid Outcomes for Listeners With High-Frequency Hearing Loss
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Christina M. Roup
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, and VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN
  • Colleen M. Noe
    VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN
  • Contact author: Christina M. Roup, The Ohio State University, Department of Speech & Hearing Science, 110 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210. E-mail: roup.2@osu.edu.
  • © 2009 American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology
Article   |   June 2009
Hearing Aid Outcomes for Listeners With High-Frequency Hearing Loss
American Journal of Audiology, June 2009, Vol. 18, 45-52. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2009/08-0028)
History: Received September 3, 2008 , Revised December 12, 2008 , Accepted December 22, 2008
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2009, Vol. 18, 45-52. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2009/08-0028)
History: Received September 3, 2008; Revised December 12, 2008; Accepted December 22, 2008
Web of Science® Times Cited: 8

Purpose: To determine whether listeners with primarily high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss (HF SNHL) perceived benefit from amplification provided by completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids.

Method: The Hearing Handicap for the Elderly—Screening version, the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit, and the Satisfaction With Amplification in Daily Life questionnaires were mailed to 2 groups of listeners (n = 79) who matched preset criteria, including threshold at 2000 Hz and use of CIC amplification. Sixty-seven percent (n = 53) of the questionnaires were returned and were divided into 2 groups. Group I (n = 26) consisted of listeners with normal hearing through 2000 Hz, and Group II (n = 27) consisted of listeners with normal hearing only through 1000 Hz.

Results: Results revealed that both groups perceived significant hearing handicap, hearing aid benefit, and hearing aid satisfaction. Differences between the 2 groups on the 3 measures, however, were not statistically significant.

Conclusions: Listeners with HF SNHL perceived benefit and satisfaction from amplification with CIC hearing aids. Individuals with SNHL limited to the high frequencies should be considered candidates for amplification.

Acknowledgments
Portions of this research were presented at the 2000 meeting of the American Academy of Audiology in Chicago. The authors would like to thank Deborah Weakley for help in data collection.
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