Self-Reported Hearing-Aid Use Patterns in an Adult Danish Population

Sreeram Kaithali Narayanan, Sabina Storbjerg Houmøller, Anne Wolff, Katja Lund, Sören Möller, Dan Dupont Hougaard, Michael Gaihede, Jesper Hvass Schmidt, Dorte Hammershøi

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Abstract

The retrospective reporting of users' hearing aid (HA) usage can provide insight into individualized HA usage patterns. Understanding these HA usage patterns can help to provide a tailored solution to meet the usage needs of HA users. This study aims to understand the HA usage pattern in daily-life situations from self-reported data and to examine its relationship to self-reported outcomes. A total of 1537 participants who responded to questions related to situations where they always took off or put on the HAs were included in the study. A latent class analysis was performed to stratify the HA users according to their HA usage pattern. The results showed distinct usage patterns in the latent classes derived for both scenarios. The demographics, socio-economic indicators, hearing loss, and user-related factors were found to impact HA usage. The results showed that the HA users who reported using the HAs all the time (regular users) had better self-reported HA outcomes than situational users, situational non-users, and non-users. The study explained the underlying distinct HA usage pattern from self-reported questionnaires using latent class analysis. The results emphasized the importance of regular use of HAs for a better self-reported HA outcome.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAudiology Research
Volume13
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)221-235
Number of pages15
ISSN2039-4349
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • HA rehabilitation
  • hearing aid
  • hearing aid usage pattern
  • self-reported outcome

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