Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2017 Apr;60(4):164-173. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2016.17398.

Validation of the Korean Version of the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Questionnaire Translation Committee the Korean Audiological Society, Seoul, Korea. choiby2010@gmail.com
  • 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Gil Medical Center, Gachon University of Medicine & Science, Graduate School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.
  • 5Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Chungnam National University Hospital, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.
  • 6Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Eulji Hospital, Eulji University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 7Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dankook University Hospital, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea.
  • 8Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
The quantification of hearing aid benefit is important in hearing aid fitting. The abbreviated profile of hearing aid benefit (APHAB) is a useful tool for measuring the benefit of using hearing aids. In this study, we developed a Korean version of APHAB (K-APHAB) and determined its validity and reliability.
SUBJECTS AND METHOD
An expert panel translated the original version of APHAB into Korean language. Two bilingual translators back-translated the first translated version into English and it was compared with the original version. After cognitive debriefing, the translation of APHAB into the Korean version was completed. One hundred ninety-seven subjects using hearing aids participated in this study and completed K-APHAB. Reliability was assessed using Cronbach's alpha coefficient, and validity was evaluated by factor analysis and criterion validity.
RESULTS
K-APHAB had a good internal consistency (α=0.80). Confirmatory factor analysis showed that K-APHAB is comprised of four subsections, namely "˜communication in daily life', "˜aversiveness', communication in "˜background noise' or "˜reverberation'.
CONCLUSION
The K-APHAB is a useful tool for evaluating the benefit of hearing aids in Korean hearing-impaired individuals.

Keyword

Hearing aid; Questionnaire; Reliability; Translation; Validity

MeSH Terms

Hearing Aids*
Hearing*
Methods
Reproducibility of Results
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