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Auditory Training and Hearing Aid Satisfaction

2020-01-21 11:31:37 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Although hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss, and have the potential to help seniors stay active and productive, almost 50% of them who receive hearing aids rarely if ever use them, a state of affairs sometimes referred to as "the hearing aid in the drawer" syndrome. clEAR's customized auditory brain training has been shown to be effective in improving adults' abilities to recognize speech, in reducing their perceptual effort associated with listening with a hearing loss, and in increasing their confidence to engage in everyday conversations. In the proposed research, we will determine whether older adults who receive hearing aids for the first time report higher satisfaction with their new hearing aids and have longer daily use time as a result of having completed clEAR's auditory brain training program for new hearing aid users.

Description

Auditory training as the potential to dramatically affect older persons' adjustment to a new hearing aid and to maximize the benefits they receive from wearing one. In turn, by wearing hearing aids, they experience easier and more successful communication patterns. They enhance their ability to engage in everyday conversations and will be able to become more socially involved with their family and friends. In this study we will try to determine the extent to which web-based clEAR auditory brain training, with concomitant support from a clEAR in-house audiologist, affects satisfaction with new hearing aids and increases daily use time. The study will include thirty adults over the age of 60 years who have received hearing aids for the first time. After an adjustment period, half will complete clEAR's auditory brain training program right away and the other half will complete it after a delay period, and both will complete a control condition. To establish the level of feasibility and clinical utility. We will measure hearing aid satisfaction, benefit ratings, and hearing aid use time.

Study Design

Conditions

Hearing Impairment, Sensorineural

Intervention

Auditory Brian Training Games/Activities

Location

Washington University School of Medicine
Saint Louis
Missouri
United States
62220

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Washington University School of Medicine

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2020-01-21T11:31:37-0500

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