Self-Reported Hearing-Aid Use Patterns in an Adult Danish Population

Sreeram K. Narayanan*, Sabina S. Houmøller, Anne Wolff, Katja Lund, Sören Möller, Dan D. Hougaard, Michael Gaihede, Jesper H. Schmidt, Dorte Hammershøi*

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Abstract

The retrospective reporting of users’ hearing aid (HA) usage can provide insight into individualized HA usage patterns. Understanding these HA usage patterns can help to provide a tailored solution to meet the usage needs of HA users. This study aims to understand the HA usage pattern in daily-life situations from self-reported data and to examine its relationship to self-reported outcomes. A total of 1537 participants who responded to questions related to situations where they always took off or put on the HAs were included in the study. A latent class analysis was performed to stratify the HA users according to their HA usage pattern. The results showed distinct usage patterns in the latent classes derived for both scenarios. The demographics, socio-economic indicators, hearing loss, and user-related factors were found to impact HA usage. The results showed that the HA users who reported using the HAs all the time (regular users) had better self-reported HA outcomes than situational users, situational non-users, and non-users. The study explained the underlying distinct HA usage pattern from self-reported questionnaires using latent class analysis. The results emphasized the importance of regular use of HAs for a better self-reported HA outcome.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAudiology Research
Vol/bind13
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)221-235
ISSN2039-4330
DOI
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2023

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Funding Information:
Collaboration and support by Innovation Fund Denmark (Grand Solutions 5164-00011B); Oticon, GN Hearing, Widex–Sivantos Audiology, and other partners (Aalborg University Hospital, Odense University Hospital, Aalborg University, Technical University of Denmark, FORCE Technology; and Copenhagen University Hospital) is sincerely acknowledged.

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© 2023 by the authors.

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