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J Am Acad Audiol. 2005 Jul-Aug;16(7):439-47.

Fitting hearing aids using clinical prefitting speech measures: an evidence-based review.

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  • 1Etymotic Research, Elk Grove Village, IL, USA. m_killion@etymotic.com


A systematic review of the literature addressed the question "Is there evidence of a good correlation between unaided prefitting speech measures and aided satisfaction on self-report measures?" This restricted question is only one of several possible questions related to speech measures and hearing aid fittings. The levels of evidence that were accepted included meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, and nonrandomized intervention studies. Nearly 300 articles and book chapters were identified during the initial search; 220 were eliminated on the basis of their abstracts; and 80 papers and book chapters were reviewed in depth. Five studies met the criteria set forth in this review. No significant correlation between traditional unaided prefitting speech measures and aided satisfaction was found in any of the five studies. One of the studies showed a correlation between the results of a prefitting speech-in-noise test and self-reported aided satisfaction.

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