What is Hearing Aids?

Category: Equipment

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See also: Assistive Technology

A hearing aid is an electroacoustic body-worn apparatus which typically fits in or behind the wearer's ear, and is designed to amplify and modulate sounds for the wearer.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Hearing Loss 54 35
Tinnitus 18 11
Hearing problems 6 0
Otosclerosis 3 3
Improve communication 2 0
Acoustic neuroma 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 5
Mild 5
None 30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hearing Aids

Side effect Patients
Pain in ear 2
Ringing in ears (Tinnitus) 2
Avoidance of situations 1
Irritability 1
Itching 1
Itchy ears 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Hearing Aids

Dosage Patients
daily 16
as needed 1
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Hearing Aids

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 7
Expense 6
Other 6
Side effects too severe 3
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
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Duration

Currently using Hearing Aids

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 4

Stopped using Hearing Aids

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 20
Usually 13
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 0
< $25 17
Not specified 16
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2 patient evaluations for Hearing Aids

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chasmengr
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chasmengr
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See chasmengr's full Hearing Aids history

Dec 17, 2014 (Started Dec 17, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Hearing Loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Tinnitus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I was skeptical how much they'd help because I thought my hearing loss wasn't bad. But, wow, do they help. Now I can hold a conversion when the TV in the same room is quite audible; without these aids, I had to mute the TV to converse. Fabulous!!! Hearing Aids: Resound Linx9. They have tinnitus therapy, but I haven't starting using it yet.

  • 0 helpful marks
jaws-als
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jaws-als
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See jaws-als's full Hearing Aids history

Jul 27, 2012 (Started Jan 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Hearing Loss)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 2, 2012 (Started Jan 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Hearing Loss)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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