Category: Amplification and Assistive Devices (AAD)
This research evaluated objective and subjective outcome measures in twenty-four listeners with impaired hearing fitted with basic and premium technology level hearing aids. Participants completed a two-week trial period with each technology level. Group results indicated similar speech recognition and user satisfaction with each technology level; however, noise acceptance was significantly improved with premium devices. Individual data suggested noise acceptance and the demands of the user’s listening environment impacted individual preference.
Patrick Plyler– Professor, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Micaela Capps– Graduate Student, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Mary Alice Cox– Graduate Student , The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Jennifer Hausladen– Assistant Professor, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center