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Patient quality of life with bone-anchored hearing aid: 10-year experience in Glasgow, Scotland

  • A T M Mace (a1), A Isa (a2) and L D Cooke (a2)

Abstract

Objectives:

This study aimed to ascertain the usefulness of the bone-anchored hearing aid and its impact on the quality of life of patients fitted in Glasgow between 1996 and 2006.

Method:

The Entific Medical Systems questionnaire and the Glasgow Benefit Inventory were posted to patients in order to assess their satisfaction and quality of life changes.

Results:

Sixty adult patients were identified, with a questionnaire response rate of 63 per cent. Thirty-two respondents (85 per cent) reported using their bone-anchored hearing aid for more than eight hours per day. Twenty-nine respondents (75 per cent) found their bone-anchored hearing aid to be generally better than their previous, conventional aid. Twenty-seven respondents (71 per cent) reported that their bone-anchored hearing aid improved their quality of life. The median total Glasgow Benefit Inventory score was +33.3.

Conclusions:

Bone-anchored hearing aid usage rates and satisfaction levels were high amongst patients in Glasgow. Glasgow Benefit Inventory indices were comparable to published findings from other centres. Despite this, bone-anchored hearing aid funding is still not universally available within the National Health Service in Scotland.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mr A Mace, 124 Novar Drive, Hyndland, Glasgow G12 9SY, Scotland, UK. E-mail: alastairmace@btinternet.com

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