Papers by Podium Session

Date: June 3, 2019
Location: Lobby of the Macdonald Hotel

“A multicenter randomized controlled trial of physician influence on hearing aid user satisfaction”

Kevin Zhao, Marke Hambley, Ted Venema, Susan Marynewich, Katarina Vavrovicova, Desmond Nunez


Background: Reported rates of hearing aid benefit are low.

Objectives: This study seeks to determine if physician involvement in the verification of hearing ability change with hearing aids alters hearing aid benefit.

Method: Patients pursuing hearing aid fitting were prospectively randomized to undergo an interventional visit with their physician or dispensing audiologist. At the visit a standardized interview was conducted to identify hearing ability change when using hearing aids.  Hearing aid benefit was measured 90 days post fitting with the Satisfaction with Amplification in Daily Life (SADL) questionnaire.

Results:  35 and 15 subjects were randomized to audiologist and physician follow-up respectively. Age, gender and hearing loss severity were similar in both groups. There was no significant inter-group difference in SADL scores, 5.18 and 5.07 in the audiologist and physician groups respectively.

Conclusion: There is no evidence that physician involvement alters patient’s hearing aid benefit.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss factors that influence hearing aid user satisfaction
  2. Discuss the physician’s role in hearing aid fitting process

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Scheduling Details

This 7 minute presentation is scheduled to take place on June 4, 2019 at 12:06 in the Salon 8.

Authors' Contact Details

Corresponding Author: Dr. Kevin Zhao

Senior Author: Dr. Desmond Nunez

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