Effects of remote ear-nose-and-throat specialist assessment screening on self-reported hearing aid benefit and satisfaction

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore the impact of remote versus in-person ear-nose-and-throat (ENT) specialist screening before hearing treatment on self-reported hearing aid (HA) benefit and satisfaction among adult first-time HA users.

DESIGN: Participants were randomised to either remote or in-person ENT assessment before treatment initiation. Hearing ability, hearing quality, and treatment satisfaction were assessed pre- and post-HA treatment using the SSQ12, IOI-HA, and selected items from the 2021 Danish national Patient-Reported Experience Measures. Average daily HA usage was also recorded.

STUDY SAMPLE: 751 adult potential first-time HA users with self-reported hearing impairment were included; 501 participants were remotely assessed in private or public audiological clinics, and 250 control group participants were assessed in-person by private ENT specialists. Of the 658 participants who completed the entire trial, 454 received HAs.

RESULTS: No significant post-treatment HA benefit differences were found between groups. Remotely assessed HA recipients in private clinics expressed slightly higher staff and waiting time satisfaction. Participants with normal hearing and mild/moderate hearing loss reported higher pre-treatment hearing ability and quality. No significant difference in average daily HA usage was observed between groups.

CONCLUSIONS: Findings suggest that remote screening does not compromise patient-reported HA benefit and satisfaction when compared to in-person screening.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Audiology
Antal sider10
ISSN1499-2027
DOI
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 27 dec. 2023

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