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Int J Audiol. 2014 Dec;53(12):861-70. doi: 10.3109/14992027.2014.938782. Epub 2014 Sep 29.

'Getting used to' hearing aids from the perspective of adult hearing-aid users.

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School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester , UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe getting used to hearing aids from the perspective of adult hearing-aid users.

DESIGN:

Three focus group discussions were carried out. A topic guide and discussion exercises were used to elicit views on getting used to hearing aids. Discussion was audio recorded, transcribed verbatim, and subjected to qualitative content analysis.

STUDY SAMPLE:

Adult hearing aid users (n = 16).

RESULTS:

Participants described getting used to hearing aids as a multi-factorial process which included adjusting to altered sensory input, practical matters such as cleaning and maintenance, and managing the psychosocial impact of hearing-aid use, such as on self-image. Users reported a process of discovering benefits and limitations of hearing aids leading to individual patterns of use that was relatively independent of input from audiologists.

CONCLUSIONS:

Getting used to hearing aids is a challenging multi-factorial process with both psychosocial and practical difficulties besides demands of adjusting to hearing-aid input.

KEYWORDS:

Hearing aids; adjustment to hearing aids; focus group

PMID:
25262670
DOI:
10.3109/14992027.2014.938782
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