Saroul, N., Gilain, L., Montalban, A., Giraudet, F., Avan, P., and Mom, T.
European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Diseases; Jun2011, Vol. 128 Issue 3, p107-113, 7p
BONE-anchored hearing aids, PATIENT satisfaction, AUDIOMETRY, TELEPHONE surveys, DEAFNESS, QUESTIONNAIRES, and QUALITY of life
Summary: Objectives: To assess patient satisfaction with bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA) and the role of preoperative audiometric testing. Patients and methods: A telephone satisfaction survey was conducted on all patients implanted between June 1, 2005 and February 1, 2008. Patients with unilateral total deafness underwent preoperative audiometric tests in quiet and in noise and stereoaudiometry with and without BAHA. Patients with a conductive hearing loss underwent preoperative audiometric tests in quiet and in noise and real-life testing at home using a headband. A standardized satisfaction questionnaire derived from the Entific BAHA questionnaire was used. Results: Twenty-two out of 26 patients responded to the questionnaire. Ten patients were implanted for conductive hearing loss (CHL) and 12 for unilateral total deafness (UTD). Mean follow-up was 19 months in the UTD group and 21 months in the CHL group. Sixty-seven percent of UTD and 80% of CHL patients reported improved quality of life. The BAHA was worn for more than 4hours per day by 83% of UTD and 100% of CHL patients, and at least 5 days per week by 67% of UTD and 80% of CHL patients. Conclusion: BAHAs provided real benefit in all situations for CHL patients. In UTD, its benefit basically related to noisy environments. In UTD, satisfaction on preoperative stereoaudiometric testing in noise with and without BAHA was predictive of postimplantation satisfaction. In response to the question “Would you do it again?”, 81% of patients answered “Yes”. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]