This position paper is an executive summary for “Systematic Review of Health-Related Quality of Life and Hearing Aids: Final Report of the American Academy of Audiology Task Force on the Health-Related Quality of Life Benefits of Amplification in Adults,” which examined evidence pertaining to the use of hearing aids for improving health-related quality of life for adults with sensorineural hearing loss.

Key Points

The systematic review concludes that hearing aids improve adults’ health-related quality of life by reducing psychological, social, and emotional effects of sensorineural hearing loss. Future studies should include control groups using randomized controlled trials.

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