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Proposed norms for the Glasgow hearing-aid benefit profile (Ghabp) questionnaire

Whitmer, William M.; Howell, Patrick; Akeroyd, Michael A.


Patrick Howell


Objective: To form a normative set of responses to the GHABP questionnaire from a large regional dataset. Design: Participants were asked to rate their hearing disability, handicap, hearing-aid (HA) use, HA benefit, HA satisfaction, and residual (aided) disability on a five-point scale for four situations: quiet conversation, television (TV) listening, noisy conversation, and group conversation. A subset of participants also estimated the time spent in these situations. Study sample: A group of 1574 adults with normal to profound hearing thresholds participated. Results: There was a significant relationship between increasing perceived disability and increasing hearing loss as given by the better-ear audiometric average (BEA). Responses for HA measures did not vary greatly with hearing loss: HA use was reported as high, whereas residual disability, HA benefit, and satisfaction were all reported on average as moderate. Conclusions: The results can be used as a normative dataset with which to evaluate individual responses in the clinic, where the GHABP provides a useful short-form questionnaire to engage the patient. The lack of systematic changes in hearing-aid related responses shows room for improvement in the benefit afforded by amplification.


Whitmer, W. M., Howell, P., & Akeroyd, M. A. (2014). Proposed norms for the Glasgow hearing-aid benefit profile (Ghabp) questionnaire. International Journal of Audiology, 53(5), 345-351.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 2, 2013
Online Publication Date Feb 3, 2014
Publication Date 2014-05
Deposit Date Dec 13, 2018
Journal International Journal of Audiology
Print ISSN 1499-2027
Electronic ISSN 1708-8186
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 5
Pages 345-351
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