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September 1978

Two Years of a Program in Hearing-Aid-Related Services

Author Affiliations

From the Audiology and Speech Clinic, Department of Otolaryngology, University of California at San Francisco.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1978;104(9):495-500. doi:10.1001/archotol.1978.00790090013003

• A program of hearing-aid-related services is described in which a dispenser of hearing aids visits an audiology facility on a regular basis as a supplier. Surveys to assess the program were conducted during a two-year period. Of the 128 patients who participated in the study, 89% continued wearing their hearing aids during the first year and 86% during the second year. The adjustment period of about 30 days with an accompanying orientation program was crucial. Ear mold considerations and use of the hearing aid during noisy situations constituted two major problem areas. Five aids were returned to the factory during the adjustment period, six during the first year, and 15 during the second year. Group work in hearing aid evaluation and orientation was a positive factor.

(Arch Otolaryngol 104:495-500, 1978)

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