Die Verteilung und Streuung von APHAB-Antworten vor und nach einer Hörgeräteversorgung

Translated title of the contribution: Distribution and Scattering of APHAB Answers Before and After Hearing Aid Fitting

J. Löhler*, B. Akcicek, B. Wollenberg, R. Schönweiler

*Corresponding author for this work
5 Citations (Scopus)


Objective: Questionnaires are an important diagnostic elements in audiology. In Germany the APHAB is regularly used for hearing aid fitting. This study is investigating whether there are any specific questions which are answered more rarely by the subjects than other and whether inverted questions have any influence to this. Methods: Between April 2013 and August 2015 the number of 23 557 APHAB forms by 10 associations of statutory health insurance registered physicians have been collected and evaluated. For all questions the frequency of answers before and after hearing aid fitting have been determined. Results: For the EC scale there was one group of patients without hearing aid which a lot of problems of hearing and a second without. For the BN and RV subscale the majority of the patients addresses problems of understanding. For the AV scale no specific kind of problems found has been found. After successful hearing aid fitting problems of understanding for EC, BN, and RV subscale were reduced on average, for the AV scale no relevant change could be observed. Except for the numbers 11, 18, and 21 all APHAB questions were answered by 93-94% by all subjects. The questions number 11 and 18 were answered by 92%, question number 21 by 87%. Some questions have a similar tendency in deviation from the average (1, 3, 13, 16, and 17). Conclusions: Inverted questions have no influence to the frequency of answers in APHAB questions. The 3 questions which are answered more rarely are describing hearing situations in cinemas, theatres, and at church. Presumably, this hearing situations are not so common for most patients than the other described by the APHAB.

Translated title of the contributionDistribution and Scattering of APHAB Answers Before and After Hearing Aid Fitting
Original languageGerman
JournalLaryngo- Rhino- Otologie
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)768-773
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01.11.2016


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