J Am Acad Audiol 2004; 15(04): 311-323
DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.15.4.5
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Analysis of Prefitting versus Postfitting Hearing Aid Orientation Using the Glasgow Hearing Aid Benefit Profile (GHABP)

Brett E. Kemker
Alice E. Holmes
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07 August 2020 (online)

Results of this study demonstrate the advantages of both pre- and postfitting hearing aid orientation (HAO) sessions. This study demonstrated that HAO counseling is helpful in expediting hearing aid benefit and satisfaction through the education of our clients and that this benefit and satisfaction is age dependent as measured by the Glasgow Hearing Aid Benefit Profile (GHABP) (Gatehouse, 1997). Patients with greater initial disability, as identified by item 1 of the GHABP, receive significant benefit from prefitting and/or postfitting counseling as compared to patients receiving no counseling. Implications of these findings are discussed.