Speech Related Hearing Aid Benefit Index Derived from Standardized Self-Reported Questionnaire Data

Sreeram Kaithali Narayanan, Tobias Piechowiak, Anne Wolff, Sabina Storbjerg Houmøller, Vijaya Kumar Narne, Gérard Sylvian Jean Marie Loquet, Dan Dupont Hougaard, Michael Gaihede, Jesper Hvass Schmidt, Dorte Hammershøi

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The present work is inspired by the thought of having a single index to
scale the hearing aid (HA) benefit from self-reported questionnaires. Previous studies have shown that speech understanding in noisy environments is one of the most desired improvements sought by hearing aid users [1, 2].
The perceived HA benefit thus can depend on the facilitation of everyday communication in challenging environments by the HA. This should
also ideally reflect in self-reported questionnaires responses recorded in
the BEAR project. Single index scale would facilitate the identification of
a sub-population, if there exist, with a low-compensation benefit from the
usage of hearing aid.
The self-reported questionnaire responses recorded during the follow-up
visit 2 months after the initial fit, show a stronger correlation (Figure 1)
of 15D question 3 related to speech understanding, to the 17 questions of
SSQ, and three questions from IOI-HA (Question 3, 5, and 6), which were
also part of the same survey (Figure 2). Further, a composite single value
index created from speech-related questions (SRQ) that are part of the survey can be a good representation of the perceived hearing aid benefit.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research: Auditory Learning in Biological and Artificial Systems - Hotel Nyborg Strand, Nyborg, Denmark
Duration: 21 Aug 201923 Aug 2019


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research
LocationHotel Nyborg Strand
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  • Speech understanding
  • Hearing aid
  • Self-reported questionnaires


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