Health-Related Quality of Life and Hearing Aids: A Tutorial

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Health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) instruments measure the impact of a disorder and treatment on several attributes that are thought to constitute the self-perceived health status of an individual. This tutorial reviews the conceptual framework of HRQoL, including the challenges associated with defining and measuring HRQoL, specifically as it applies to audiologic care. A relatively new instrument, the World Health Organization-Disability Assessment Schedule II, will be discussed as a potentially valuable instrument to measure the impact of hearing loss and hearing aid intervention on self-perceived HRQoL.

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Trends in Amplification, v. 9, issue 3, p. 99-109