Speech related hearing aid benefit index derived from standardized self-reported questionnaire data
Speech understanding in noisy environments has been the most desired hearing-aid (HA) benefit sought by HA users. This paper examines the possibility of developing a speech-related HA benefit index from the speech- related questions in the self-reported questionnaire data. One question from Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) instrument 15D and nine questions from the Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing Scale (SSQ) having a direct implication to speech were selected for the analysis. After applying weights relevant to 15D, a delta of base-line (prior to HA fitting) and follow-up (two months after the initial fitting) responses to the selected questions were determined. A principal component analysis (PCA) was performed on the scaled and centered delta values. The resultant principal component scores were used to derive the composite index indicative of speech-related HA benefit.
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