TOP 10 PRIORITIES FOR RESEARCH IN MILD-MODERATE HEARING LOSS

The James Lind Alliance priority Setting partnership has identified the top ten priorities for research into mild-moderate hearing loss. At the final prioritisation workshop the top ten were prioritised from a list of 30 questions. The workshop involved patients, partners and representatives from relevant organisations including the BSA (represented by Dr Helen Pryce). The BSA have been involved in distributing and advertising the survey rounds of the priority setting exercise. These questions will be uploaded to the national DUET data base.

1 What adverse effects are associated with not treating mild to moderate hearing loss in adults?
2 Does the early fitting of hearing aid(s) result in increased patient benefit and/or improved cost-effectiveness of the service for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss?
3 Does the early fitting of hearing aids slow the rate of cognitive decline for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss?
4 What are the reasons for low hearing aid uptake, use and adherence for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss?
5 Can new technologies replace hearing aids for the treatment of mild to moderate hearing loss in adults?
6 Can stem cell therapy offer a cure for mild to moderate hearing loss in adults?
7 Does early identification, diagnosis and treatment of mild to moderate hearing loss prevent further deterioration of hearing in adults?
8 Could new developments to digital hearing aids offer improved speech perception in noisy environments for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss?
9 How realistic are hearing tests for assessing the everyday hearing abilities of adults with mild to moderate hearing loss?
10 Could the use of real-world sounds to help program hearing aids in clinic (rather than tones or beeps) improve hearing aid effectiveness for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss?