Effects of Bilateral Hearing Aid Use on Balance in Experienced Adult Hearing Aid Users Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate the balance of experienced adult hearing aid users with and without their hearing aids via computerized posturography. Method Computerized posturography was accomplished by employing the Sensory Organization Test (SOT) on the NeuroCom Balance Master (Natus Medical Incorporated). The SOT ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 08, 2018
Effects of Bilateral Hearing Aid Use on Balance in Experienced Adult Hearing Aid Users
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • D. Mike McDaniel
    Department of Communication Disorders, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
  • Susan D. Motts
    Department of Physical Therapy, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
  • Richard A. Neeley
    Department of Communication Disorders, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
  • 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 D. Mike McDaniel: dmcdan@astate.edu
  • Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar
    Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar×
Article Information
Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Balance & Balance Disorders / Research Articles
Research Article   |   March 08, 2018
Effects of Bilateral Hearing Aid Use on Balance in Experienced Adult Hearing Aid Users
American Journal of Audiology, March 2018, Vol. 27, 121-125. doi:10.1044/2017_AJA-16-0071
History: Received August 19, 2016 , Revised August 31, 2017 , Accepted October 1, 2017
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 2018, Vol. 27, 121-125. doi:10.1044/2017_AJA-16-0071
History: Received August 19, 2016; Revised August 31, 2017; Accepted October 1, 2017

Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate the balance of experienced adult hearing aid users with and without their hearing aids via computerized posturography.

Method Computerized posturography was accomplished by employing the Sensory Organization Test (SOT) on the NeuroCom Balance Master (Natus Medical Incorporated). The SOT assessed each participant's balance and the strategy used to maintain balance in 6 progressively challenging conditions. Twenty-two adults using bilateral at-the-ear hearing aids participated in the study. All participants completed all SOT protocols with and without their hearing aids.

Results No statistically significant differences in participants' balance were identified regardless of the presence or absence of their hearing aids during the SOT.

Conclusions These results failed to support previous research, which indicated that amplification of auditory input could benefit balance in individuals with hearing and balance disorders. Further research utilizing randomized controlled trials is needed to resolve the disparity between the current results and those of previous studies.

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