Hearing aid user guides: Suitability for older adults

Caposecco, Andre, Hickson, Louise and Meyer, Carly (2014) Hearing aid user guides: Suitability for older adults. International Journal of Audiology, 53 S1: S43-S51. doi:10.3109/14992027.2013.832417

Author Caposecco, Andre
Hickson, Louise
Meyer, Carly
Title Hearing aid user guides: Suitability for older adults
Journal name International Journal of Audiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1499-2027
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/14992027.2013.832417
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 53
Issue S1
Start page S43
End page S51
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject 3616 Speech and Hearing
1203 Design Practice and Management
3310 Linguistics and Language
Abstract Objective: The aim of this study was to analyse the content, design, and readability of printed hearing aid user guides to determine their suitability for older adults, who are the main users of hearing aids. Design: Hearing aid user guides were assessed using four readability formulae and a standardized tool to assess content and design (SAM - Suitability Assessment of Materials). Study sample: A sample of 36 hearing aid user guides (four user guides from nine different hearing aid manufacturers) were analysed. Results: Sixty nine percent of user guides were rated not suitable' and 31% were rated adequate' for their suitability. Many scored poorly for scope, vocabulary, aspects of layout and typography, and learning stimulation and motivation. The mean reading grade level for all user guides was grade 9.6 which is too high for older adults. Conclusion: The content, design, and readability of hearing aid user guides are not optimal for older adults and thus may serve as a barrier to successful hearing aid outcomes for this population.
Keyword Audiology
Health literacy
Hearing aid
Older adults
Patient education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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