Psychosocial outcome measures for conductive and mixed hearing loss treatment: An overview of the relevant literature

Amberley V. Ostevik, Penny Hill-Feltham, Martin L. Johansson, Brian J. McKinnon, Peter Monksfield, Ravi Sockalingam, James R. Tysome, Tracy Wright, William E. Hodgetts

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Objective: To identify the psychosocial assessments utilized with individuals with conductive and/or mixed hearing loss as part of a broader effort by the Auditory Rehabilitation Outcomes Network (AURONET) group to develop a core set of patient-centred outcome measures. Design: A review of articles published between 2006 and 2016 was completed. Included studies had more than three adult participants, were available in English, and reported a psychosocial outcome from any treatment of mixed and/or conductive hearing loss. Study sample: Sixty-six articles from seven databases. Results: Sixty-six articles met our inclusion/exclusion criteria. Within this set, 15 unique psychosocial or patient-reported outcome measures (PROs) were identified, with the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (APHAB) and Glasgow Benefit Inventory (GBI) being the most frequently dispensed. Five of the fifteen were only administered in one study. In-house questionnaires (IHQs) were reported in 19 articles. Conclusions: Only 66 (22%) of the 300 articles with outcomes contained a PRO. Some of the mostly frequently employed PROs (e.g., APHAB) were judged to include only social items and no psychological items. Lack of PRO standardization and the use of IHQs make psychosocial comparisons across treatments in this population difficult for patients, clinicians and stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-649
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Psychosocial
  • conductive
  • hearing loss
  • mixed
  • outcome measures
  • review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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