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.
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: Accepted 22 Dec 2008 , Received 03 Sep 2008 , Revised 12 Dec 2008
American Journal of Audiology June 2009, Vol.18, 45-52. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2009/08-0028)
History: Accepted 22 Dec 2008 , Received 03 Sep 2008 , Revised 12 Dec 2008

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.

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