Hearing aid effectiveness after aural rehabilitation: Individual versus group trial results

Margaret P. Collins, Chuan Fen Liu, Leslie Taylor, Pamela E. Souza, Bevan Yueh

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Abstract

We designed this noninferiority randomized trial to determine (1) if group hearing aid fitting visits and group hearing aid follow-up visits were at least as effective as individual visits in terms of hearing-related function (measured with the Inner Effectiveness of Auditory Rehabilitation [EAR] scale) and adherence, and (2) if group visits were less costly over the 6 mo postfitting period. For 644 participants randomized to receive their hearing aid visits in an individual or group format at the Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, 6 mo outcomes showed no significant differences in Inner EAR scores between individual and group fitting (p = 0.53) or follow-up (p = 0.11), or in the number of hours per day hearing aids were worn between individual and group fitting (p = 0.90) or follow-up (p = 0.24). We found significantly higher cost for individual compared with group fitting (p < 0.001) and follow-up (p < 0.001). We conclude that outcomes for group hearing aid fitting and hearing aid follow-up visits were not inferior to individual hearing aid fitting and follow-up visits, with group fitting and follow-up visits yielding cost savings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-598
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 6 2013

Keywords

  • Education
  • Group visits
  • Health resources
  • Health services research
  • Hearing aids
  • Hearing loss
  • Outcome assessment
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Rehabilitation of hearing impaired
  • Veterans

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