Differences in performance were evaluated between binaural fittings of the Oticon MultiFocus (MF) and ReSound BT2-E on 25 hearing-impaired subjects across two sites. Subjects were initially fit using each manufacturer's algorithm and adjustments were made at 1 week based on subjects' responses to diary questions. Performance was assessed after a 4- to 6-week trial period with each hearing aid set using the Speech Perception in Noise (SPIN) test administered at 50, 65, and 80 dB SPL, the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (APHAB) questionnaire, loudness judgments of female connected discourse at 65 and 80 dB SPL, and an overall preference selection. The MF yielded significantly better SPIN scores at 50 and 65 dB SPL, while the BT2-E yielded a significantly better score at 80 dB SPL. No statistically significant differences were found in the APHAB benefit scores between the hearing aid sets, but both sets were significantly better than the subjects' own hearing aids on three of the four subscales. The MF produced slightly higher mean loudness judgments at both input levels than the BT2-E. Finally, 12 subjects preferred the BT2-E, 10 subjects preferred the MF, and three subjects stated no preference. The results are discussed in terms of audiogram effects on preference and effects of differences in signal processing approaches between the devices.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of the American Academy of Audiology|
|State||Published - Aug 1997|