Improving health-related quality of life in single-sided deafness: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Kitterick, Pádraig T. and Lucas, Laura and Smith, Sandra N. (2016) Improving health-related quality of life in single-sided deafness: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Audiology and Neurotology, 20 (Supp 1). pp. 79-86. ISSN 1421-9700

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Abstract

Unilateral severe-to-profound hearing loss, or single-sided deafness (SSD), impairs listening abilities supported by the use of two ears, including speech perception in background noise and sound localisation. Hearing-assistive devices can aid listening by re-routing sounds from the impaired to the non-impaired ear or by restoring input to the impaired ear. A systematic review of the literature examined the impact of hearing-assistive devices on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of adults with SSD as measured using generic and disease-specific instruments. A majority of studies used observational designs, and the quality of the evidence was low to moderate. Only two studies used generic instruments. A mixed-effect meta-analysis of disease-specific measures suggested that hearing-assistive devices have a small-to-medium impact on HRQoL. The Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing Scale and the Health Utilities Index Mark 3 (HUI3) were identified as instruments that are sensitive to device-related changes in disease-specific and generic HRQoL, respectively.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Asymmetric hearing loss, Cochlear implantation, CROS disease-specific instruments, Generic instruments, Health-related quality of life, Hearing-assistive devices, Single-sided deafness
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Clinical Neuroscience
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1159/000380753
Depositing User: Kitterick, Padraig
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 13:26
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2016 19:09
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39260

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