In clinical practice

Translating research into clinical practice: helping users get more from their hearing aids

It is estimated that about half of first-time hearing aid users have difficulties using their new hearing aids. This can lead to non-use of hearing aids and continued difficulties with hearing and communication with others. To address this, a multimedia educational programme (C2Hear ) has been developed with hearing aid users, and evaluated in a large study of over 200 first-time hearing aid users

Benefits of C2Hear include improved knowledge, practical skills and confidence with hearing aids and communication, in addition to increased hearing aid use for occasional users.

The outputs from this research have gone beyond the lab and are now available to UK audiology clinics and members of the public. C2Hear is currently being offered to all new hearing aid users from a local Nottinghamshire CCG, with a take-up rate of 90%.

You can read more about the study and watch sample clips at
www.hearing.nihr.ac.uk/public/interactive-video-tutorials-for-hearing-aid-users-hear-it

Find out more about how obtain C2Hear, go to
http://www.hearing.nihr.ac.uk/research/c2hear

Contribution to evidence-based clinical practice in tinnitus

Work by researchers at the Nottingham Hearing BRU has featured in the clinical practice guidelines for tinnitus recently published by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. The guidelines, published in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, provide evidence-based clinical practice guidance for the assessment and management of bothersome and persistent tinnitus. 

The guidelines are freely available for download from http://oto.sagepub.com/content/151/2_suppl/S1.long

The work of the tinnitus group at the BRU has also featured in the recent German clinical practice guidelines published in the German medical journal HNO.
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00106-015-0011-z