Better Together: Reduced Compliance After Sequential Versus Simultaneous Bilateral Hearing Aids Fitting Purpose To determine the effects of sequential versus simultaneous bilateral hearing aids fitting on client compliance. Method Thirty-six older adults with hearing impairment participated in this study. Twelve were fitted with bilateral hearing aids simultaneously. The remaining participants were fitted sequentially: One hearing aid (to the left or ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 2014
Better Together: Reduced Compliance After Sequential Versus Simultaneous Bilateral Hearing Aids Fitting
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Limor Lavie
    University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
  • Karen Banai
    University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
  • Joseph Attias
    University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
  • Avi Karni
    University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Limor Lavie: lavielimor@gmail.com
  • Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Research Articles
Research Article   |   March 01, 2014
Better Together: Reduced Compliance After Sequential Versus Simultaneous Bilateral Hearing Aids Fitting
American Journal of Audiology, March 2014, Vol. 23, 93-98. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/13-0010)
History: Received February 9, 2013 , Revised May 16, 2013 , Accepted July 21, 2013
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 2014, Vol. 23, 93-98. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/13-0010)
History: Received February 9, 2013; Revised May 16, 2013; Accepted July 21, 2013
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Purpose To determine the effects of sequential versus simultaneous bilateral hearing aids fitting on client compliance.

Method Thirty-six older adults with hearing impairment participated in this study. Twelve were fitted with bilateral hearing aids simultaneously. The remaining participants were fitted sequentially: One hearing aid (to the left or to the right ear) was used initially; one month later, the other ear was also fitted with a hearing aid for bilateral use. Self-reports on usefulness and compliance were elicited after the first and second months of hearing aid use. In addition, the number of hours the hearing aids were used was extracted from the data loggings of each device.

Results Simultaneous fitting resulted in high levels of compliance and consistent usage throughout the study period. Sequential fitting resulted in abrupt reduction in compliance and hours of use once the second hearing aid was added, both in the clinical scoring and in the data loggings.

Conclusions Simultaneous fitting of bilateral hearing aids results in better compliance compared to sequential fitting. The addition of a second hearing aid after a relatively short period of monaural use may lead to inconsistent use of both hearing aids.

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