Hearing Aid for Hearing Loss

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
1
Effectiveness
1
Safety
Barkley Memorial Center, Lincoln, NE
Hearing Loss
Hearing Aid - Device
Eligibility
18+
All Sexes
Eligible conditions
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Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether aided measures of spectral resolution can be used to set the dynamic range of hearing with hearing-aid amplification.

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Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Hearing Aid will improve 2 primary outcomes and 1 secondary outcome in patients with Hearing Loss. Measurement will happen over the course of Each test is approximately 10 minutes and will be completed after each experimental manipulation.

Each test is approximately 10 minutes and will be completed after each experimental manipulation
Spectral resolution
Speech Recognition
Each test is approximately 30 minutes and will be completed once per subject
Working memory

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Normal Hearing
1 of 2
Hearing Aid
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 60 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Hearing Aid is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Hearing Aid
Device
Group of participants with hearing loss. Subjects will complete a questionnaire that asks relevant questions about their medical and developmental history and educational level. Participants will be screened for a potential cognitive impairment using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Basic (MOCA-B). Working memory span will be assessed using the reading span test. Each subject will undergo a routine audiological examination, including audiometric testing and tympanometry. The ability of the subjects to detect different frequencies and to repeat speech presented at a variety of levels, while manipulating different hearing aid parameters and also without the provision of amplification, will be assessed.
Normal HearingGroup of participants with normal hearing that serve as a reference group. Subjects will complete a questionnaire that asks relevant questions about their medical and developmental history and educational level. Participants will be screened for a potential cognitive impairment using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Basic (MOCA-B). Working memory span will be assessed using the reading span test. Each subject will undergo a routine audiological examination, including audiometric testing and tympanometry. The ability of the subjects to detect different frequencies and to repeat speech presented at a variety of levels will be assessed.
Treatment
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
Hearing Aid
2006
Completed Phase 1
~100

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: each test is approximately 30 minutes and will be completed once per subject
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly each test is approximately 30 minutes and will be completed once per subject for reporting.

Closest Location

Barkley Memorial Center - Lincoln, NE

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There is one eligibility criterion to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
normal tympanograms (peak admittance of ≥ 0.2 mmhos, -200 to 50); Hearing thresholds for normal hearing group less than or equal to 20 decibels in hearing level (dB HL) from .25 to 8 kHz. Pure-tone average (2, 4 & 6 kHz) hearing thresholds for participants with hearing loss of 30 - 65 dB HL.

Patient Q&A Section

Has hearing aid proven to be more effective than a placebo?

"While the evidence that auditory feedback alone is more effective than no feedback is stronger, there is some evidence for the effectiveness of hearing aid use also. Further research is needed to investigate the use of different ways of providing the feedback, and to examine the effect of different types of hearing aids (transducer, signal processor) in enhancing the benefits of auditory feedback." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is hearing loss?

"Hearing loss can be defined by any condition (sudden or gradual onset) that prevents normal functioning in a person's hearing. It is estimated that there are 6.5 million people in the United States currently with hearing loss, and it is the no. 6 preventable medical condition for American adults." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How many people get hearing loss a year in the United States?

"About 18.6 million Americans (18.1% N = 15.8%) have some type of hearing loss. The prevalence of hearing loss in the US general population is approximately 20%. These estimates are consistent with recent reports by the U.S. Surgeon General of a rise in the prevalence of noise trauma (expressed as noise-induced hearing loss) among U.S. military and civilian populations." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes hearing loss?

"Hearing loss presents many challenges, particularly in elderly populations with no preexisting hearing loss, or with mild to moderate hearing loss where hearing aids can provide benefit. In the short term, hearing aids can benefit people with mild to moderate hearing loss. However, hearing aids have poor long-term outcomes for elderly hearing aids recipients. Older adults with profound hearing loss can benefit from surgical amplification, with the exception of elderly male hearing aids recipients, who may prefer cochlear implants." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can hearing loss be cured?

"It could be hard to convince any patient that their hearing loss was caused by the surgery. First of all they may ask who is at fault and what is the problem (causing) us to lose our hearing. The key in helping patients accept surgical cure is the doctor being optimistic about their recovery while guiding them through the process and communicating effectively and respectfully with them. Secondly, while they will come through that difficulty, they must be prepared for the fact that they will not cure hearing hearing loss. Finally, when they do not get all the help they need in their system, they also may need to'reward' themselves." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for hearing loss?

"Hearing aids are an accessible and cost-effective treatment for all types of hearing loss. If hearing loss is not caused from ear infections, it should respond quickly to therapy. Hearing-rehabilitation services for infants and toddlers are available. Most children with hearing loss are fully capable of learning to sing, play music, and tell a story when provided with proper support from adult teachers. The ability to communicate more effectively is a fundamental component of the life quality of those with a hearing loss." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of hearing loss?

"Some signs of hearing loss involve loss of sound amplitude information. As with other health symptoms, diagnosis of a hearing loss can be made by a patient's description of their subjective level of functioning in the absence of objective hearing testing. Also, auditory brainstem response testing may be indicated to assess damage to the inner ear. The hearing loss can affect the ability to hear alarm calls, to understand speech, to communicate with a cochlear implant, or to hear music at all." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Is hearing aid typically used in combination with any other treatments?

"The present study indicates that hearing aids are most frequently used in addition to other treatment approaches for tinnitus and can be prescribed in combination with these treatments. Hearing aids have already been shown to significantly reduce tinnitus intensity in comparison to the control group. However, no significant difference was noted between the two groups when using hearing aids as a monotherapy compared to other treatment approaches. Nevertheless, the findings support the idea that the effects of hearing aid use for reduction of tinnitus are mainly the result of a combination of several treatment modalities. Recent findings indicate that clinicians should, in any case, not ignore the possibility of prescribing hearing aids solely." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the latest research for hearing loss?

"The current research is focused on the management of severe or total hearing loss at either all levels or in the high frequency range. Current research focuses on management of severe hearing loss of both ears in the work setting using a variety of devices. Clinical treatment of severe to total hearing loss with a cochlear implant has seen renewed attention, especially in the high frequency range. There are not any new device indications, rather it’s a clinical treatment of severe to total hearing loss using a cochlear implant device, a prosthetic or surgical procedure." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the latest developments in hearing aid for therapeutic use?

"For the last 4 to, not more than 4, decades, there has been considerable advancements, especially in the comfortability and durability of the components of the most used hearing aids to date, though the basic function has not changed much in terms of sound quality. The recent introduction of digital hearing aids, that give the user control over the audio tone levels, are the most radical advances so far made in the field of hearing aid technology. But even then the level change offered is limited to a small range of tones to cover a small spectrum of sound quality, making their use on a regular or regular basis at best an option." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Have there been any new discoveries for treating hearing loss?

"Over all, the treatment of hearing loss has progressed. However, not all innovations have been effective. Currently, there are five FDA-approved drugs for treating hearing loss. One of these, Sarnatux (a steroidal-based drug with a unique mechanism of action) is currently being tested for its ability to improve listening skills for individuals with hearing loss. No new treatment for treating hearing loss appears to be on the horizon. There are many different treatments that can improve listening skills for individuals with hearing loss. summary: This topic discussion focuses on the current and future state of treatment for hearing loss." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does hearing loss run in families?

"Significant association between familial occurrence of unilateral congenital hearing loss was detected. Findings from a recent study suggest the potential role of genetic factors in the etiology of hearing loss with a significant degree of interaction between genes and environmental factors in the pathogenesis of the disease." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.
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