Factors associated with success with hearing aids in older adults

Hickson, Louise, Meyer, Carly, Lovelock, Karen, Lampert, Michelle and Khan, Asad (2014) Factors associated with success with hearing aids in older adults. International Journal of Audiology, 53 S1: S18-S27. doi:10.3109/14992027.2013.860488

Author Hickson, Louise
Meyer, Carly
Lovelock, Karen
Lampert, Michelle
Khan, Asad
Title Factors associated with success with hearing aids in older adults
Journal name International Journal of Audiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1499-2027
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/14992027.2013.860488
Open Access Status
Volume 53
Issue S1
Start page S18
End page S27
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 3616 Speech and Hearing
1203 Design Practice and Management
3310 Linguistics and Language
Abstract Objective: To examine associations between audiological and non-audiological factors and successful hearing aid use in older adults. Design: In a retrospective study, audiological factors, attitudinal beliefs (as derived from the health belief model), client demographics, psychological factors, and age-related factors were evaluated. Study sample: Participants included 160 individuals, 60 years or older, with unilateral or bilateral hearing impairment (HI), fitted with hearing aids for the first time in the previous two years. Participants were assigned to either an unsuccessful hearing aid owner group (n = 75) or a successful hearing aid owner group (n = 85) based on their self-reported hearing aid use and benefit. Results: A multivariate, binomial logistic regression model indicated five factors associated with group membership: participants who had greater support from significant others; more difficulties with hearing and communication in everyday life before getting hearing aids; more positive attitudes to hearing aids; coupled with greater perceived self-efficacy for advanced handling of hearing aids; or who were receiving more gain from their devices; were more likely to be successful hearing aid owners. Conclusions: These findings highlight the importance of addressing non-audiological factors in order to assist older adults achieve success with hearing aids.
Keyword Aid benefit
Aid use
Health belief model
Hearing aids
Hearing impairment
Older adults
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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