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

Kitterick, Pádraig T.; Lucas, Laura; Smith, Sandra N.

Authors

Pádraig T. Kitterick

Laura Lucas

Sandra N. Smith



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.

Citation

Kitterick, P. T., Lucas, L., & Smith, S. N. (2016). Improving health-related quality of life in single-sided deafness: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Audiology and Neurotology, 20(Supp 1), https://doi.org/10.1159/000380753

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 17, 2016
Publication Date May 19, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 9, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 9, 2016
Journal Audiology and Neurotology
Print ISSN 1420-3030
Electronic ISSN 1421-9700
Publisher Karger Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue Supp 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1159/000380753
Keywords Asymmetric hearing loss, Cochlear implantation, CROS disease-specific instruments, Generic instruments, Health-related quality of life, Hearing-assistive devices, Single-sided deafness
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39260
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000380753
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0

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