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Factors influencing help-seeking, hearing-aid uptake, hearing-aid use, and hearing-aid satisfaction

This systematic review of the literature published between 1980 and 2009 summarised correlates of four outcomes:

  1. help-seeking for hearing impairment;
  2. hearing-aid uptake;
  3. hearing-aid use, and;
  4. hearing-aid satisfaction.

Self-reported hearing disability was the only factor that was related to all four outcomes. Self-reported hearing disability was consistently related to help-seeking for hearing impairment, hearing-aid uptake, hearing-aid use, and hearing-aid satisfaction.

Factors influencing help-seeking, hearing-aid uptake, hearing-aid use, and hearing-aid satisfaction

A systematic review of the literature summarised correlates of four outcomes: 1) help-seeking for hearing impairment; 2) hearing aid uptake; 3) hearing aid use, and; 4) hearing aid satisfaction. Structured searches were conducted in the Pubmed and Cinahl databases, and reference lists of key articles were inspected. All relevant studies published between January 1980 and January 2009 were identified.

 

31 factors involved

Strict inclusion and exclusion criteria identified 39 unique studies. Two researchers independently extracted data from the 39 studies. In total, 31 factors related to the four outcomes. These covered demographic factors (such as age or gender), personal factors (such as source of motivation or expectations), and external factors (such as cost or counselling).  The vast majority of studies showed no relationship between age or gender and the outcomes.

 

Only one factor relating to ALL four outcomes

Self-reported hearing disability was the only factor that was related to all four outcomes. This was consistently related to help-seeking for hearing impairment, hearing-aid uptake, hearing-aid use, and hearing-aid satisfaction.

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Further reading

Vestergaard Knudsen L, Öberg M, Nielsen C, Naylor G, Kramer SE (2010). Factors Influencing Help Seeking, Hearing Aid Uptake, Hearing Aid Use and Satisfaction With Hearing Aids: A Review of the Literature. Trends in amplification, 14(3), p. 127-154.

Study partners

The participants were interviewed not only by researchers from Eriksholm but also from the University of Queensland (Australia), the Hull York Medical School (UK), and the University of Louisville (US).

Researchers from Linköping University (Sweden) and VU University Medical Centre (The Netherlands) also took part in this study. Louise Hickson, Lesley Jones, Sophia E. Kramer, Marie Öberg, and Jill E. Preminger were actively involved in this interview study

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    Study Partners

    Sophia E. Kramer from VU University Medical Centre (The Netherlands) and Marie Öberg from Linköping University (Sweden) were actively involved in this systematic literature review.