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Title: Children's hearing aids : measuring real-world outcomes
Author: Hostler, Mary
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 4831
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2008
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The published literature about measuring children's hearing aid outcomes in real-world contexts is limited, compared with that relating to adults. This research investigates two key issues: the validity of the data obtained when using a questionnaire and the extent of aqreement between child and adult proxy respondents. The research used a modified version of the Glasgow Hearing Aid Benefit Profile (GHABP) which was administered to 49 deaf children aged 11-13 years and their parents and Teachers of the Deaf (ToDs) from the Greater Manchester area. Audiological and demographic data were obtained for each child, including the aided and unaided Speech Intelligibility Index and scores on the Ling six sound test. A feature of the research is the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods. The research paradigm is post-positivist, i.e. it is postulated that the questionnaire data are, at best, only approximations to the reality of the children's experience with hearing aids. The quantitative data were explored by several statistical methods, including Generalised Linear Models and Rasch Rating Scale models: the latter are used here for the first time In audiology. The issue of proxy reporting was explored quantitatively by means of Psychometric Profile Analysis and other measures developed in the present research. The qualitative data were investigated by Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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