[A study on current issues of hearing aid use in Korean patients with hearing loss]

Ahn J, Kim Y, Suh HS, Shin S, Jang BH, Song HJ, Park SY, Park J, Jung WH, Moon IJ
Record ID 32014000425
Original Title: 난청환자의 국내 보청기 사용 효과성과 장애요인 분석
Authors' recommendations: The objective of this study was to provide the basic data for promoting the use of hearing aids (HA) and to assess the associated satisfaction rate among the patients who needed hearing aids clinically. According to the survey, multiple regression analyses revealed that the hearing disability level significantly affects the decision to use a HA, with the hearing ability of the better ear being significant among HA non-users, while the ability of the worse ear significant among HA users. In addition, a more positive attitude was associated with a higher chance of using a HA. Due to the limitations of the available data and differences in the warranty periods and conditions, it was impossible to compare across countries. However, the price range of HAs in Korea seems higher than countries such as the US, the UK and Australia, while it was similar to the price range in Japan. In the systematic literature review, most of the studies reported that HAs are effective for hearing difficulties. Each patient group cannot be matched to the different HA types since there is lack of evidence and a lack of statistically significant results. From a qualitative review of the final selection of 43 reports, the overall quality was shown to be of "very low quality."
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2011
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: South Korea
MeSH Terms
  • Hearing
  • Hearing Aids
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural
  • Korea
Organisation Name: National Evidence-based healthcare Collaborating Agency
Contact Address: National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency (NECA), 3~5F Health and Welfare Social Administration B/D, 400 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, Korea.
Contact Name: int@neca.re.kr
Contact Email: int@neca.re.kr
Copyright: National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency (NECA)
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