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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review


Fitting Hearing Aids Using Clinical Prefitting Speech Measures: An Evidence-Based Review

Killion, M. C., & Gudmundsen, G. I. (2005).
Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 16(7), 439-447.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question Yes
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication No
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible No

Description: This is a review of meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, and nonrandomized intervention studies addressing the effect of hearing aid prefitting speech measures.

Question(s) Addressed:

Is there evidence of a good correlation between unaided prefitting speech measures and aided satisfaction on self-report measures?

Population: Not stated

Intervention/Assessment: Speech measures not further defined

Number of Studies Included: 5

Years Included: Not stated

Findings:

Conclusions:

  • Management
    • Hearing
      • Prefitting Speech Measures - "We have found little evidence to support the hypothesis that there is a significant correlation between self-reported satisfaction with hearing aids and prefitting speech measures" (p. 445).

Keywords: Hearing Aids

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Added to Compendium: January 2012

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