Lucien J. C. Anteunis

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BACKGROUND Up to 21% of adults will develop tinnitus, which is one of the most distressing and debilitating audiological problems. The absence of medical cures and standardised practice can lead to costly and prolonged treatment. We aimed to assess effectiveness of a stepped-care approach, based on cognitive behaviour therapy, compared with usual care in(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective was to develop the Audiological Disabilities Preference Index (ADPI), a measure to determine health state preferences associated with audiological disabilities. The ADPI consists of a hearing-related health state description, hearing-related health state valuation, and transformation of the latter to the overall health scale.(More)
BACKGROUND Age-related hearing loss is a common chronic condition of elderly persons. Low folate status has been associated with poor hearing. OBJECTIVE To determine whether folic acid supplementation slows age-related hearing loss. DESIGN Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial conducted from September 2000 to December 2004. SETTING The(More)
In a prospective-longitudinal study, prevalence rates of otitis media with effusion (OME) were analysed in 150 healthy-born and 100 high-risk-born infants, aged 0-2 years. In order to determine OME, otoscopy and tympanometry were performed at 3-monthly intervals beginning at term date. The Maastricht Otitis Media with Effusion Study (MOMES) algorithm was(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate hearing aid fitting from a societal viewpoint, rather than the more traditional patient perspective. The effects of hearing aid fitting on generic quality of life (EuroQol), social functioning (SF36), auditory disability, productivity at paid and unpaid labour, and medical consumption, were assessed in a(More)
To generate insight into the differences between utility measures EuroQol 5D (EQ-5D), Health Utilities Index Mark II (HUI2) and Mark III (HUI3) and their impact on the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) for hearing aid fitting Persons with hearing complaints completed EQ-5D, HUI2 and HUI3 at baseline and, when applicable, after hearing aid fitting.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the cost-effectiveness of hearing-aid fitting. DESIGN Cost-effectiveness analysis using a Markov model based on aggregate data and results from a prospective intervention study. SETTING The cost-effectiveness study was based in the general community. The prospective study was hospital based, as 85% of the first-time hearing-aid(More)
Objective - To determine factors influencing help-seeking behaviour in hearing-impaired persons aged ⪭ 55 years. Materials and Methods - The study comprised 1,419 persons (480 females, 939 males) aged ⪭ 55 years who participated voluntarily in a driving test. Pure-tone audiometry was performed in all subjects. Participants without a hearing aid with an(More)
Vascular disease and its risk factors have been associated with the age-related hearing loss. We examined the association of elevated plasma homocysteine and its determinants with hearing levels. Pure-tone air conduction thresholds in 728 individuals with sensorineural hearing loss were not associated with homocysteine, erythrocyte folate and Vitamin B6.(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to examine the costs of tinnitus in The Netherlands from a health care and a societal perspective. Furthermore, the impact of disease characteristics and demographic characteristics on these costs were examined. METHODS A bottom-up cost of illness study was performed, using the baseline data on a cost questionnaire of(More)