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Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2006 Apr;263(4):355-60. Epub 2005 Nov 9.

Changes in hearing aid use over the past 20 years.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kainuu Central Hospital, Sotkamontie 14, 87140, Kajaani, Finland.


The aim of this study was to find out how the use of hearing aids has been affected by the changes in hearing rehabilitation, hearing aids and society over the past 20 years. Seventy-six first-time hearing aid users were interviewed at their homes, and the results were compared with those of an earlier study made with the same method in 1983 in Finland involving both new and experienced hearing aid users. Hearing aid use and handling skills as well as satisfaction with the hearing aid were explored with interviews using the same questions in both studies. The number of first-time hearing aid users who did not use their hearing aids had decreased from 33.3% in 1983 to 5.3% at the present. Conversely, the number of regular users rose from 40.9 to 56.6%. The use of hearing aids was increased. The users were better able use their hearing aids and were more satisfied with them and the number of those who considered the counseling provided sufficient had also increased.

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