Changes in psychosocial measures after a 6-week field trial

Jamie L. Desjardins, Karen A Doherty

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the extent to which intervention with hearing aids, namely, a 6-week hearing aid field trial, can minimize the psychosocial consequences of hearing loss in adults who have previously not sought treatment for their hearing loss. Method: Twenty-four adults with mild to moderate bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, who had never worn hearing aids or sought help for their hearing loss, participated in this study. Participants were fitted with receiver-in-canal hearing aids, bilaterally, and wore them for 6 weeks. Participants completed subjective measures of hearing handicap and attitudes about hearing loss and hearing aids before, during, and after the hearing aid trial. A control group of age-matched participants followed the same experimental protocol, except they were not fitted with hearing aids. Results: Using hearing aids for 6 weeks significantly reduced participants’ perceived stigma of hearing aids, personal distress and inadequacy due to hearing difficulties, and hearing handicap. Conclusions: A hearing aid trial can have a positive effect on a person’s attitudes toward wearing hearing aids and decrease hearing handicap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-128
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Audiology
Volume26
Issue number2
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StatePublished - 2017

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Changes in psychosocial measures after a 6-week field trial. / Desjardins, Jamie L.; Doherty, Karen A.

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