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Gender and hearing aids: Patterns of use and determinants of nonregular use


Staehelin, K; Bertoli, S; Probst, R; Schindler, C; Dratva, J; Stutz, E Z (2011). Gender and hearing aids: Patterns of use and determinants of nonregular use. Ear and Hearing, 32(6):e26-37.

Abstract

Overall, the present study provides evidence of gender-specific factors that influence hearing aid use patterns in men and women and of groups at higher risk for nonregular hearing aid use. Men with steeper audiogram slopes and the other subgroups of men and women with an increased risk for nonregular use should given particular attention when fitting their aids. As common risk factors for nonregular use, poor handling and low satisfaction should be addressed during the fitting process for all users. Further research is needed to clarify the differential influence of asymmetric hearing loss on hearing aid use in men and women. This information could improve hearing aid use and should be incorporated into daily clinical practice.

Abstract

Overall, the present study provides evidence of gender-specific factors that influence hearing aid use patterns in men and women and of groups at higher risk for nonregular hearing aid use. Men with steeper audiogram slopes and the other subgroups of men and women with an increased risk for nonregular use should given particular attention when fitting their aids. As common risk factors for nonregular use, poor handling and low satisfaction should be addressed during the fitting process for all users. Further research is needed to clarify the differential influence of asymmetric hearing loss on hearing aid use in men and women. This information could improve hearing aid use and should be incorporated into daily clinical practice.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Otorhinolaryngology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:November 2011
Deposited On:09 Dec 2011 11:17
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:14
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
ISSN:0196-0202
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0b013e3182291f94
PubMed ID:21795978

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