Autonomous motivation is associated with hearing aid adoption

Ridgway, Jason, Hickson, Louise and Lind, Christopher (2015) Autonomous motivation is associated with hearing aid adoption. International Journal of Audiology, 54 7: 476-484. doi:10.3109/14992027.2015.1007213

Author Ridgway, Jason
Hickson, Louise
Lind, Christopher
Title Autonomous motivation is associated with hearing aid adoption
Journal name International Journal of Audiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1708-8186
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/14992027.2015.1007213
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 54
Issue 7
Start page 476
End page 484
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective:  To use the self-determination theory of motivation to investigate whether different forms of motivation were associated with adults’ decisions whether or not to adopt hearing aids.

Design:  A quantitative approach was used in this cohort study. Participants completed the treatment self-regulation questionnaire (TSRQ), which measured autonomous and controlled motivation for hearing aid adoption. Sociodemographic data and audiometric information were also obtained.

Study sample:  Participants were 253 adults who had sought information about their hearing but had not consulted with a hearing professional. Participants were categorized as hearing aid adopters if they had been fitted with hearing aids 4–6 months after completing the TSRQ, and as non-adopters if they had not.

Results:  Multivariate logistic regression was used to examine associations between autonomous and controlled motivation, sociodemographic and audiometric variables, and hearing aid adoption (n = 160). Three factors were significantly associated with increased hearing aid adoption when the influence of other variables was accounted for: autonomous motivation, perceived hearing difficulty, and poorer hearing. Controlled motivation was not found to influence hearing aid adoption.

Conclusion:  These empirical findings that link autonomous motivation to decisions of hearing help-seekers have implications for the ways practitioners may evaluate motivation and could inform discussions with clients about hearing aid adoption.
Keyword Autonomy
Hearing aid adoption
Hearing aids
Hearing impairment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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