What is it about?
This clinical trial demonstrates convincingly that hearing aids provide substantial benefits to older adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss; the most common pattern of hearing loss among older adults. Further, this study found that comparable benefits were obtained from hearing aids whether the devices were selected and fitted by an audiologist or were selected and fitted by the patient.
Why is it important?
There are many efforts underway to improve the accessibility and affordability of hearing aids for adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. One option under study is known as "over-the-counter" (OTC) delivery of hearing aids in which the consumer selects and fits the devices. This study demonstrated that, at least with the particular version of OTC delivery used here, it is possible to get outcomes from older adults wearing hearing aids that show substantial benefit. Another important finding was that the purchase price paid by the patient ($600 or $3600) for the hearing aids did not impact the outcome measures.
The following have contributed to this page: Larry E Humes, Sara Rogers, Dana Kinney, and Dr. Tera M Quigley
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