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Effectiveness of group versus individual hearing aid visits

Margaret P. Collins, PhD, CCC-A, et al.

The demand for hearing aids in the Veterans Health Administration rose more than 300% from 1996 to 2005. One way to meet this increased demand is to use group appointments. However, group appointment visits might be less satisfactory to patients. We compared patients who had group visits and individualized visits in the past. Patients who had group visits had better function, were more satisfied, and used their hearing aids more than patients who had individual visits. Group visits may be a way to provide quality hearing care for more veterans. We cannot verify this finding until we have results from randomized studies.


Volume 44 Number 5 2007
Pages 739 — 750


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