Psychosocial Impact of Hearing Aids: Hearing Specific and Generic MeasuresBy Saunders, Gabrielle H.; Jutai, Jeffrey W.; RESNA 26th International Annual Conference 2003,
Publication Date: 2003
Study conducted to compare hearing-specific and generic measures of hearing aid outcomes among 92 people with hearing disabilities by utilizing the Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale (PIADS). All of the participants underwent routine audiological evaluations, which consisted of pure tone testing, typanometry, and otoscopic examinations. Before completing the PIADS, the participants completed the following questionnaires: (1) the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit, (2) the Expected Consequences of Hearing Aid Ownership, and (3) the Satisfaction with Amplification in Daily Life. Test results demonstrated that hearing aid outcomes improved over time, and that pre-use expectations were generally not met until individuals had worn their hearing aids for at least one year. Scale comparisons demonstrated that the PIADS proved to be as sensitive to the outcomes as the hearing-specific measures. The findings indicate that each of the measures has a different clinical application, and that the PIADS is the most sensitive measure for documenting overall hearing aid outcomes.
Assistive Products Discussed: PSYCHOSOCIAL IMPACT OF ASSISTIVE DEVICES SCALE (PIADS)
SATISFACTION WITH AMPLIFICATION IN DAILY LIFE (SADL)
ABBREVIATED PROFILE OF HEARING AID BENEFIT (APHAB) FOR WINDOWS
EXPECTED CONSEQUENCES OF HEARING AID OWNERSHIP (ECHO)
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)