Hearing loss & rehab, stroke & depression among topics of Vol. 39, Iss 5, JRRD

A cost-utility analysis of adult group audiologic rehabilitation
Compares the cost-effectiveness of hearing aid use alone and hearing aid use with group post-fitting audiologic rehabilitation. A total of 105 veterans, 67 males and 38 females, were tested before and after treatment to determine if there was a significant difference in quality of life between hearing aid or hearing aid and audiologic rehabilitation intervention study groups. Data indicate that adding an audiologic rehabilitation component to treatment improved outcome for the participants and is cost effective.

Early detection of medication induced hearing loss
Evaluates a technique for rapid and early detection of ototoxicity, which results from medications that may cause hearing and balance damage. Twenty-one hospitalized male patients ranging in age from 33 to 79 years who were not receiving any known ototoxic medications were administered two behavioral protocols: a full-frequency baseline audiometric test using standard clinical protocol and a rapid identification protocol. The study suggests that patients prescribed ototoxic medications can benefit from early detection of ototoxicity in the high frequencies before the ability to understand speech is impaired.

Patient education improves pressure ulcer prevention knowledge in veterans with spinal cord dysfunction
Analyzes the effect of education and structured follow-up on knowledge of pressure ulcers in veterans with spinal cord dysfunction after pressure ulcer surgery. Forty-one males with spinal cord injury (SCI) or multiple sclerosis (MS) were randomized before surgery to either an intervention or a control group. A test on knowledge of pressure ulcer prevention was administered before surgery and at discharge from the hospital. The intervention group received 4 hours of structured, individualized pressure ulcer prevention education during hospitalization. The control group received stan

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