Distinctions between Predictive Psychosocial Barriers to Hearing Aid Use and Subsequent Reasons Give

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15 September 2014

Presenter(s): Dr Sarah Bent
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1


Despite hearing aids being provided by the NHS, 20-25% of people identified as needing them do not use them regularly, with negative impact on the individual, carers and families and inefficient use of resources.  There are thought to be many barriers that contribute to adults not using hearing aids, but these have not been explored fully. This study is the first stage in a planned body of research aiming to qualitatively explore barriers that prevent adults from using hearing aids, leading to greater understanding of needs and outcomes for clinical application, and tailored assessment and rehabilitation for those with hearing difficulties.

The study asked: what are the potential psychosocial barriers to successful hearing aid use in the adult population? Qualitative and quantitative literature were searched systematically and reviewed using a narrative approach, allowing a diverse range of characteristics to be explored and drawn together, further explored through thematic synthesis. Evidence for psychosocial barriers identified in the literature are detailed, drawn together with emphasis on predicting hearing aid use. By building on the current evidence for barriers to successful rehabilitation, developed through continuing research, the aim is for Audiology services to successfully provide the right intervention tailored to the individual.