2008 Volume 51 Issue 3 Pages 193-199
The hearing threshold test, speech discrimination test, questionnaires, etc., are used for evaluation of the effects of aided hearing and it is necessary to judge the compliance with the use of a hearing aid from an overall investigation perspective.
However, it is difficult to judge compliance with the use of a hearing aid in practice and the selection and adjustment of hearing aids are left to the person with the hearing disorder. Therefore, it is important to establish a method for accurate assessment of the effects of hearing aids and the criteria for the assessment of compliance.
In the hearing aid outpatient clinic of our hospital, the effects of a hearing aid are measured using a combination of several test methods. These tests not only confirm compliance with the use of the hearing aid but also clarify adjustment points by comparing the test results in the context of the complaints the patients with impaired hearing. This procedure has been very useful. We hope to actively perform hearing aid compatibility tests to deepen our understanding of the problems faced by the patients and their families about the effects and limitations of hearing aids and to help patients accept their disorders. The current status of the outpatient clinic is reported and future prospects are outlined.