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The abbreviated profile of hearing aid benefit
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Objective: To develop and evaluate a shortened version of the Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit, to be called the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit, or APHAB. Design: The Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (PHAB) is a 66-item self-assessment, disability-based inventory that can

The National Acoustic Laboratories(NAL) new procedure for selecting the gain and frequency response of a hearing aid
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ABSTRACT A new procedure is presented for selecting the gain and frequency response of a hearing aid from pure-tone thresholds. This was developed from research which showed that a previous procedure did not meet its aim of amplifying all frequency bands of speech to

Cognitive function in relation to hearing aid use
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Two experiments were conducted to investigate possible relationships between cognitive function and hearing aid use. In Experiment 1, 72 first-time hearing aid users were tested for speech recognition in noise (Hagerman sentence test) with and without hearing aids

Dimensions of hearing aid outcome
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Dimensions of hearing aid outcome are explored in this paper. First, a variety of hearing aid outcome measures is defined including objective and subjective performance, objective and subjective benefit, satisfaction, and use. Following the definition of these terms, factor

Maturation of hearing aid benefit: objective and subjective measurements
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The goals of this investigation were to determine whether hearing aid benefit improved significantly over the first 10 weeks of hearing aid use and whether time-related changes in benefit (if any) were affected by the type of benefit measurement (ie, objective or subjective)

MarkeTrak VIII: The impact of the hearing health care professional on hearing aid user success
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Special Report than 1 million patients. The key reasons for hearing aids in the drawer include: poor benefit, poor fit and comfort, and unsatisfactory performance in noise. 3 Additionally, the last generation has witnessed little progress in terms of positive-word-of

Transfer functions and correction factors used in hearing aid evaluation and research
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In hearing aid research and application it is often necessary to transform the sound pressure level or acoustic gain measured at one physical point (eg, 2 cc coupler) to an equivalent value at another physical point (eg, tympanic membrane). Results of currently available

Technology, expectations, and adjustment to hearing loss: predictors of hearing aid outcome
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This study examined the influence of technology, demographic factors, and prefitting expectations, attitudes, and adjustment to hearing loss on hearing aid outcome. Clients obtaining new hearing aids completed questionnaires measuring personal adjustment to

Clinical measurements of the auditory dynamic range and their relation to formulas for hearing aid gain
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ABSTRACT A review is made of the results obtained in the measurement of auditory dynamic ranges from 508 adult hearing -impaired ears, tested in a clinical setting during a four-year period. The procedures used in these measurements have been described as part

The bone-anchored hearing aid compared with conventional hearing aids: audiologic results and the patients opinions
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METHODS Free~ field aided thresholds as well as speech recognition in quiet and in noise were determined in order to make a comparison between the patients performances with their individually fitted BAI-IA and their previous hearing aids. The tests and the

Predicting directional hearing aid benefit for individual listeners
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The fitting of directional microphone hearing aids is becoming increasingly more routine, and this fitting option has proven to be a successful method to improve speech intelligibility in many noisy listening environments. Data suggest, however, that some hearing -impaired

A structured approach to hearing aid selection
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Many different procedures have been suggested for use in hearing aid selection: the practicing audiologist must choose among them. A structured approach to the hearing aid selection process is most likely to result in an optimal choice for each patient. This paper

Perceived hearing aid benefit in relation to perceived needs
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A new scale, the Hearing Aid Needs Assessment (HANA), was developed in order to examine the relationship between perceived communication needs/expectations with the actual benefit eventually achieved with newly fitted hearing aids. A serial sample of 82

Predictability and reliability of hearing aid benefit measured using the PHAB
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This investigation explored the extent to which self-assessed hearing aid benefit measured by the Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (PHAB) could be predicted from adaptation to hearing loss and/or from communication difficulties reported without amplification. Adaptation to

Perceptual training improves syllable identification in new and experienced hearing aid users
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We assessed the effects of perceptual training of syllable identification in noise on nonsense syllable test (NST) performance of new (Experiment 1) and experienced (Experiment 2) hearing aid (HA) users with sensorineural hearing loss. In Experiment 1
, new HA users were

Benefit acclimatization in elderly hearing aid users
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A previous study from this laboratory indicated that the benefit obtained from a hearing aid in a noisy environment might increase over the first few months of hearing aid use. It was hypothesized that this acclimatization of benefit was due to a process in which the individual

Use of a digital hearing aid with directional microphones in school-aged children
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The efficacy of a digital hearing aid with a directional microphone was examined in a school- aged population. Twenty children (9 with a mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss and 11 with a moderate-to-severe hearing loss) between 71/2 and 132/3 years of age wore the

Quality of life improvement in hearing -impaired elderly people after wearing a hearing aid .
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Background: Communication is an important aspect of everyday life especially for elderly people. Hearing loss can impair the exchange of information and therefore reduces the quality of life. The purpose of this study was to investigate the quality of life in elderly people

8 channel Digital Filter Bank for Hearing Aid Use: Preliminary Results
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ABSTRACT A digital 8-channel signal processing system has been implemented using a TMS 320C25 signal processor. Tests with hearing -impaired subjects showed that the system allows a better fit to a specified frequency response than when using conventional aids with

Hearing aid benefit in everyday environments
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Hearing aid benefit was measured for three matched groups of eleven hearing -impaired subjects, each serving in one typical listening environment. Benefit was quantified in terms of improvement in intelligibility score for the Connected Speech Test. Each subject was