BSA lunch and learn eSeminar: The challenges of acclimatization to hearing aids

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03 December 2012

Presenter(s): Dr Piers Dawes
Time: 13.00 – 14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1


Objectives: To describe the process of becoming accustomed to using hearing aids and factors which facilitate this process from the perspective of adult hearing aid users.
Design: A focus group was carried out in the north of England with adult hearing aid users (n=6). Hearing aid users owned hearing aids for less than two years and had used them at least once in the past three months. A topic guide and discussion exercises were used to elicit participant's views on becoming accustomed to hearing aid use. Focus group discussion was audio recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed according to qualitative content.
Results: Participants described becoming accustomed to hearing aids as a multi-factorial process which included adjusting to altered sensory input, managing practical matters such as cleaning and maintenance, discovering benefits and limitations of hearing aid use and managing the psychological impact of hearing aid use, such as on self-image. Factors that support this process included acceptance of hearing loss, persistence and consistent hearing aid use, support from friends, family and clinicians, and provision of information about hearing aids.
Conclusions: Becoming accustomed to hearing aids is a challenging multi-factorial process with both psychological and practical difficulties besides demands of adjusting to hearing aid input. Addressing these diverse challenges may offer novel ways of supporting new hearing aid users.