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Towards Auditory Profile-Based Hearing-Aid Fitting: Fitting Rationale and Pilot Evaluation

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Hearing Systems Section, Department of Health Technology, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
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Institute of Clinical Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, DK-5230 Odense, Denmark
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Research Unit for ORL - Head & Neck Surgery and Audiology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark; University of Southern Denmark, DK-5000 Odense, Denmark
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Centre for Applied Audiology Research, Oticon A/S, DK-2765 Smørum, Denmark
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Current address: Interacoustics Research Unit (IRU), DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.
Audiol. Res. 2021, 11(1), 10-21; https://doi.org/10.3390/audiolres11010002
Received: 14 December 2020 / Revised: 8 January 2021 / Accepted: 12 January 2021 / Published: 16 January 2021
Background—The clinical characterization of hearing deficits for hearing-aid fitting purposes is typically based on the pure-tone audiogram only. In a previous study, a group of hearing-impaired listeners completed a comprehensive test battery that was designed to tap into different dimensions of hearing abilities. A data-driven analysis of the data yielded four clinically relevant patient sub-populations or “auditory profiles”. The purpose of the current study was to propose and pilot-test profile-based hearing-aid settings in order to explore their potential for providing more targeted hearing-aid treatment. Methods—Four candidate hearing-aid settings were developed and evaluated by a subset of the participants tested previously. The evaluation consisted of multi-comparison preference ratings that were carried out in realistic sound scenarios. Results—Listeners belonging to the different auditory profiles showed different patterns of preference for the tested hearing-aid settings that were largely consistent with the expectations. Conclusions—The results of this pilot evaluation support further investigations into stratified, profile-based hearing-aid fitting with wearable hearing aids. View Full-Text
Keywords: audiology; hearing-aid fitting; hearing-aid settings; hearing loss compensation audiology; hearing-aid fitting; hearing-aid settings; hearing loss compensation
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Sanchez-Lopez, R.; Fereczkowski, M.; Santurette, S.; Dau, T.; Neher, T. Towards Auditory Profile-Based Hearing-Aid Fitting: Fitting Rationale and Pilot Evaluation. Audiol. Res. 2021, 11, 10-21. https://doi.org/10.3390/audiolres11010002

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Sanchez-Lopez R, Fereczkowski M, Santurette S, Dau T, Neher T. Towards Auditory Profile-Based Hearing-Aid Fitting: Fitting Rationale and Pilot Evaluation. Audiology Research. 2021; 11(1):10-21. https://doi.org/10.3390/audiolres11010002

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Sanchez-Lopez, Raul; Fereczkowski, Michal; Santurette, Sébastien; Dau, Torsten; Neher, Tobias. 2021. "Towards Auditory Profile-Based Hearing-Aid Fitting: Fitting Rationale and Pilot Evaluation" Audiol. Res. 11, no. 1: 10-21. https://doi.org/10.3390/audiolres11010002

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