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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.

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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