Health Utilities of Bilateral Severe-to-Profound Hearing Loss with Assistive Devices

Yi Wen Chen, Pei Hsuan Lin, Te Yung Fang, Chen Chi Wu, Pa Chun Wang, Han Wang, Yu Ko

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Hearing loss is a common sensory disorder in newborns. Early intervention with assistive devices benefits children’s auditory and speech performance. This study aimed to measure the health utilities of children with bilateral severe-to-profound hearing impairment with different assistive devices. The descriptions of four hypothetical health states were developed, and their utility values were obtained from healthcare professionals via the visual analogue scale (VAS) and time trade-off (TTO) methods. Thirty-seven healthcare professionals completed the TTO interview and were included in the analysis. The mean utility scores obtained via VAS were 0.31 for no assistive devices, 0.41 for bilateral hearing aids, 0.63 for bimodal hearing, and 0.82 for bilateral cochlear implants. As for the utility scores obtained via TTO, mean values were 0.60, 0.69, 0.81, and 0.90, respectively. None of the four groups had the same VAS- or TTO-elicited utility (p < 0.001). The post hoc test results showed that the difference was significant between any two groups (all p < 0.05). In conclusion, this study elicited health utility of bilateral hearing impairment with different assistive devices using the VAS and TTO methods. The utility values obtained provide critical data for future cost–utility analysis and health technology assessment.
期刊Healthcare (Switzerland)
出版狀態已發佈 - 6月 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 領導和管理
  • 健康政策
  • 健康資訊學
  • 健康資訊管理


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