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A survey of public health policy on bilateral fittings and comparison with market trends: The evidence-base required to frame policy
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Neuroscience and Locomotion, Technical Audiology.
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, Vol. 45, no SUPPL. 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This report presents a review of the situation in a number of countries with respect to public health policy for funding of hearing aid services in general and support to bilateral fittings in particular. The data show considerable variations among the countries studied in number of hearing aids fitted per 1000 inhabitants, differing by a factor of 6 between the extremes. Also the percentage of bilateral fittings differs with an average estimated to be of the order of 50%. For hearing-impaired children, bilateral fittings are given full financial support in most countries studied. The data presented indicate the need for a reliable, scientifically valid evidence-base regarding bilateral hearing aid fitting. © 2006 British Society of Audiology, International Society of Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society.

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2006. Vol. 45, no SUPPL. 1
Keyword [en]
Hearing aids; bilateral fittings, public health policy
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-36042DOI: 10.1080/14992020600782659Local ID: 29552OAI: diva2:256890
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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