Feasibility of Ecological Momentary Assessment of Hearing Difficulties Encountered by Hearing Aid Users
Ear and Hearing, 07/03/2012
Galvez G et al. – Results showed participants were compliant, gave positive feedback, and did not demonstrate reactivity based on pre– and post–Handicap Inventory for the Elderly (HHIE) scores. The authors conclude that EMA methodology is feasible with patients who use hearing aids and could potentially inform hearing healthcare (HHC) services. The next step is to develop and evaluate EMA protocols that provide detailed daily patient information to audiologists at each stage of HHC. The advantages of such an approach would be to obtain real–life outcome measures, and to determine within– and between–day variability in outcomes and associated factors. Such information at present is not available from patients who seek and use HHC services.