Is measured hearing aid benefit affected by seeing baseline outcome questionnaire responses?

Shienpei Silverman, Megan Cates, Gabrielle Saunders

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Purpose: To determine whether hearing aid outcome measured by the Hearing Handicap Inventory (HHI) for the Elderly/Adults (Newman, Weinstein, Jacobson, & Hug, 1990; Ventry & Weinstein, 1982) is differentially affected by informed vs. blind administration of the postfitting questionnaire. Method: Participants completed the HHI at their hearing aid evaluation and again at their hearing aid follow-up visit. At follow-up, half received a clean HHI form (blind administration), whereas the remainder responded on their original form (informed administration) and could thus base their follow-up responses on those they gave at the hearing aid evaluation. Results: The data show that for the population examined here, informed administration of the follow-up HHI did not yield a different outcome to blind administration of the follow-up HHI. This was not influenced by past hearing aid use, age of the participant, or the duration of time between baseline questionnaire completion and follow-up completion. Conclusion: These data suggest that completion of follow-up questionnaires in either informed or blind format will have little impact on HHI responses, most likely because of the many other factors that combined to influence hearing aid outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-99
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of audiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Audiologic rehabilitation
  • Hearing aids
  • Outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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