Semin Hear 2004; 25(1): 63-72
DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-823048
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Factors Affecting Long-Term Hearing Aid Success

Larry E. Humes1 Lauren E. Humes1
  • 1Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
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Publication Date:
02 April 2004 (online)

The present article examines variables that contribute to differences in long-term hearing-aid success. Long-term hearing aid success is defined on the basis of the completion of a self-report Hearing Aid Interview (HAI) completed by 167 elderly hearing-aid wearers following an average of two years of hearing-aid use. Once the groups of successful and unsuccessful hearing-aid wearers have been identified, group differences for an assortment of variables measured prior to the hearing-aid fitting were examined, and a discriminant analysis was performed. In addition, rather than rely on the classification of wearers as successful or unsuccessful based on a somewhat arbitrary criterion HAI score, a linear regression analysis was conducted to predict the actual HAI score. Across all three statistical approaches to data analysis, the primary variables identified as potential predictors of long-term success were the amount of prior hearing-aid experience, the amount of high-frequency hearing loss, and a factor representing a combination of auditory-processing skills and hearing-aid expectations. Some other variables emerged from various analyses, but not consistently so.


Larry E Humes, Ph.D. 

Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405