A computer method for assessing satisfaction with hearing aids

K. M. Cienkowski, M. S. McHugh, G. J. McHugo, F. E. Musiek, R. M. Cox, J. C. Baird

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate a new clinical assessment, the Dynamic Assessment of Hearing Aids (DAHA), for a large clinical population. Unlike traditional questionnaire methods, the DAHA has patients use an intuitive graphical computer interface to record visual analogue ratings of satisfaction with various features of their hearing aids (e.g. clarity, cost, appearance). Data were collected from 191 participants.A subset of participants returned for retest. The DAHA items assess satisfaction with hearing aids within four domains: communication, physical features, sound quality, and personal reactions. The concurrent validity was determined by comparing DAHA results to those obtained with the satisfaction with amplification in daily life (SADL). Ratings for personal reactions to hearing aids indicate the most satisfaction, and ratings for communication (especially group conversations and phone use) indicate the least satisfaction. The DAHA total score was found to have good test/retest and high internal consistency. Concurrent validity was supported by a strong correlation between total scores on the DAHA and the SADL. Results suggest the DAHA maybe an effective tool for clinical use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-399
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Hearing aids
  • Satisfaction
  • Visual analogue scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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