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Although measuring outcome is equally important for other audiologic interventions such as tinnitus management and vestibular rehabilitation, this article will focus specifically on measuring the benefits of amplification.Most of us are very familiar with the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) coding system.
Aided audiometry, AI, and real ear measures reveal the extent to which audibility has improved but tells us nothing about communication performance or resolution of our patient's complaints.
Such information is better obtained through measures targeting the effect of hearing loss on activity limitations and participation restrictions.
Demonstrating to accrediting agencies such as the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and CARF - The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, that our services are effective as viewed by the patient and family members;3.
Demonstrating to patients and families that they are better off after our professional intervention thanthey were beforethey came to see us;4.
The Articulation Index/Audibility Index (AI) is a less frequently used but effective measure of improvement in the impairment domain.