Hearing Aid Outcome Measures for School-Age Children After hearing loss has been diagnosed, appropriate amplification must be fit. The American Academy of Audiology Pediatric Amplification Protocol (2003)  states that the general goal of any hearing aid fitting is to provide a signal that makes soft, moderate, and loud sounds audible but not uncomfortable and provides excellent ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2007
Hearing Aid Outcome Measures for School-Age Children
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  • Cynthia A. Hogan
    University of Rochester Medical Center; Rochester, NY
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Article   |   March 01, 2007
Hearing Aid Outcome Measures for School-Age Children
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, March 2007, Vol. 17, 12-15. doi:10.1044/hhdc17.1.12
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, March 2007, Vol. 17, 12-15. doi:10.1044/hhdc17.1.12
After hearing loss has been diagnosed, appropriate amplification must be fit. The American Academy of Audiology Pediatric Amplification Protocol (2003)  states that

the general goal of any hearing aid fitting is to provide a signal that makes soft, moderate, and loud sounds audible but not uncomfortable and provides excellent sound quality in a variety of listening environments.

The benefit that a hearing aid(s) provides can be measured in a number of ways. Per Arlinger (2001), outcome measures in children should assess audibility, speech recognition, subjective benefit and speech production. Stelmachowicz (1999)  suggested that outcome measures for children are complicated because there are a number of questions/outcomes that can be measured, there is a question of when to measure outcome, and developmental changes have an influence on outcome measures, making measurement of outcome with amplification an ongoing process.
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