Hearing Aids and Quality of Life

  • C. E. Johnson
  • J. L. Danhauer
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Hearing loss affects one in three people over 65 years of age, and it is the third most prevalent chronic healthcare condition in this population, second only to arthritis and hypertension.  Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is an insidious disease with profound negative consequences on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of its victims and their families if left unmanaged. The only treatment for most forms of SNHL is the use of hearing aids fit as part of a comprehensive auditory rehabilitation program. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the evidence for the HRQOL benefits of hearing aids in persons with SNHL as documented in a recent systematic review. The researchers on the systematic review team established a priori criteria for study inclusion and an exhaustive list of search strings that were submitted to several databases to retrieve relevant evidence. Results of qualitative and quantitative analyses for data collected using generic and disease-specific outcome measures which showed that hearing aids improve users’ HRQOL are summarized here.


Hearing Loss Hearing Impairment Sensorineural Hearing Loss Conductive Hearing Loss Participation Restriction 
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List of Abbreviations:


Auditory Disability Preference Index-Visual Analog Scale


Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit


Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids


Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials


Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health


Communication Sciences and Disorders Dome


Client-Oriented Scale of Improvement


Decibel hearing level


Evidence-Based Medical Reviews




EuroQOL Visual Analog Scale


Geriatric Depression Scale


Hearing Handicap Inventory for Adults


Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly


Health-related quality of life


Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36


Quantified Denver Scale of Communication Function


Randomized, controlled trials


Self-Evaluation of Life


Sensorineural Hearing Loss


Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire


World Health Organization


Word Health Organization-Disability Assessment Schedule


World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. E. Johnson
    • 1
  • J. L. Danhauer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Communication DisordersAuburn UniversityALUSA
  2. 2.Department of Speech and Hearing SciencesUniversity of California Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA

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