Satisfaction of use of a hearing aid as self-reported by the older population
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Acquired hearing loss affects a large proportion of the older population in the United Kingdom (UK) at the present time. Acquired hearing loss can result in breakdown in communication which can lead to distress and loss of independence for the older individual. Hearing aids are the main rehabilitative procedure for acquired hearing loss but research suggests there is low level of satisfaction of hearing aid use within this population. In this study, six hearing aid users over the age of sixty were interviewed regarding their satisfaction of hearing aid use and how they felt it could be improved. The results from the interviews indicated two core categories, 'aid related factors' and 'external factors'. The recommendations following these findings highlighted the importance of advocacy work on behalf of the hearing impaired population and implications for design features of hearing aids. Limitations of this study and suggestions for further research were discussed.