Proposed norms for the Glasgow hearing-aid benefit profile (GHABP) questionnaire

Whitmer, W. M. , Howell, P. and Akeroyd, M. A. (2014) Proposed norms for the Glasgow hearing-aid benefit profile (GHABP) questionnaire. International Journal of Audiology, 53(5), pp. 345-351. (doi: 10.3109/14992027.2013.876110)

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<i>Objective:</i> To form a normative set of responses to the GHABP questionnaire from a large regional dataset. <i>Design:</i> Participants were asked to rate their hearing disability, handicap, hearing-aid (HA) use, HA benefit, HA satisfaction, and residual (aided) disability on a five-point scale for four situations: quiet conversation, television (TV) listening, noisy conversation, and group conversation. A subset of participants also estimated the time spent in these situations. <i>Study sample:</i> A group of 1574 adults with normal to profound hearing thresholds participated. <i>Results:</i> There was a significant relationship between increasing perceived disability and increasing hearing loss as given by the better-ear audiometric average (BEA). Responses for HA measures did not vary greatly with hearing loss: HA use was reported as high, whereas residual disability, HA benefit, and satisfaction were all reported on average as moderate. <i>Conclusions:</i> The results can be used as a normative dataset with which to evaluate individual responses in the clinic, where the GHABP provides a useful short-form questionnaire to engage the patient. The lack of systematic changes in hearing-aid related responses shows room for improvement in the benefit afforded by amplification.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Whitmer, Dr William and Howell, Mr Patrick and Akeroyd, Dr Michael
Authors: Whitmer, W. M., Howell, P., and Akeroyd, M. A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:International Journal of Audiology
Publisher:Informa Healthcare
ISSN (Online):1708-8186

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