Comparing utility scores before and after hearing-aid provision : results according to the EQ-5D, HUI3 and SF-6D

Appl Health Econ Health Policy. 2004;3(2):103-5. doi: 10.2165/00148365-200403020-00006.


Utility scores were estimated for 609 hearing-impaired adults who completed EQ-5D, Health Utilities Index Mark III (HUI3) and SF-6D survey instruments both before and after being provided with a hearing aid. Pre-intervention, the mean utility scores for EQ-5D (0.80) and SF-6D (0.78) were significantly higher than the mean HUI3 utility score (0.58). Post-intervention, the mean improvement in the HUI3 (0.06 change) was significantly higher than the mean improvement according to the EQ-5D (0.01 change) or SF-6D (0.01 change). The estimated cost effectiveness of hearing-aid provision is therefore likely to be dependent on which instrument is used to measure utility.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Hearing Aids / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Persons With Hearing Impairments / psychology*
  • Psychometrics / instrumentation*
  • Sickness Impact Profile
  • United Kingdom