Pilot Comparison of Adjustment Protocols of Personal Sound Amplification Products

Nicholas Reed, Antoinette Oliver, Nirmal Kumar Srinivasan, Frank Lin, Peggy A. Korczak

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Abstract

The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 was signed into law in August 2017 and facilitates the introduction of direct-to-consumer sales of hearing aids for adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Among many questions surrounding over-the-counter sales is the ability of users to self-fit amplification. Many studies have conducted self-fitting procedures using guidance materials provided by audiologists. In this pilot, we explore the ability of users to self-adjust personal sound amplification devices using only materials provided by the manufacturer and contrast this with models that involve a hearing professional. Outcomes to assess adjustments included clinic-based speech-in-noise measures and ability to approximate NAL-NL2 prescriptive targets. We found that an audiologist-driven model provided the best outcomes. However, it is unknown if the difference is clinically meaningful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-36
Number of pages11
JournalSeminars in Hearing
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • direct-to-consumer sales
  • over-the-counter device
  • Personal Sound Amplification Product
  • self-fit amplification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing

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Pilot Comparison of Adjustment Protocols of Personal Sound Amplification Products. / Reed, Nicholas; Oliver, Antoinette; Srinivasan, Nirmal Kumar; Lin, Frank; Korczak, Peggy A.

In: Seminars in Hearing, Vol. 40, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 26-36.

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Reed, Nicholas ; Oliver, Antoinette ; Srinivasan, Nirmal Kumar ; Lin, Frank ; Korczak, Peggy A. / Pilot Comparison of Adjustment Protocols of Personal Sound Amplification Products. In: Seminars in Hearing. 2019 ; Vol. 40, No. 1. pp. 26-36.
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