Gabrielle (Gaby) Saunders

Research Area Manager

The Eriksholm Guide To Better Hearing: An eLearning Program for hearing aid users

By using modern information technologies hearing care professionals can include cost-efficient rehabilitation components. The focus in this project is to help hearing aid users improve their hearing-aid benefit, satisfaction and thereby social life.




The project consist of two parts. The first part is to further develop an online rehabilitative program for people with hearing difficulties. The second part is to evaluate the effect of the program in a randomized controlled trial.

Development of Eriksholm Guide to Better Hearing

The first part of this project was to further develop an online, educational, rehabilitative program described in Thorén et al (2016), now called Eriksholm Guide to Better Hearing. Similar to the setup of the first edition of the program Thorén et al (2011; 2014), the Eriksholm Guide to Better Hearing consists of five modules. Each module includes learning elements which will help adult hearing-aid users benefit more from their hearing aids, get the most out of their hearing abilities and thereby sustain social life and become satisfied hearing aid users.

Figure 1. Overview of the included learning elements included in the Eriksholm Guide to Better Hearing.

Evaluation of the effects of Eriksholm Guide to Better Hearing

In the second phase, which started in late 2017, the Eriksholm Guide to Better Hearing is being evaluated in terms of its effectiveness in a randomized controlled trial in collaboration with the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Reserach Centre. Earlier research indicates that internet interventions effectively  improve activity and participation of hearing aid users. The program will be tested with National Health Service patients in collaboration with Melanie Ferguson, David Maidment and their team from the Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre and the University of Nottingham.


Ferguson, M., Brandreth, M., Brassington, W., Leighton, P., Wharrad, H. (2016). A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the benefits of a multimedia educational program for first-time hearing aid users. Ear Hear, 37, 123–136.

Hickson, L., Worrall, L., & Scarinci, N. (2007). A randomized controlled trial evaluating the Active Communication Education program for older people with hearing impairment. Ear & Hearing, 28, 212-230.

Thorén ES, Pedersen JH, Jornaes NO. (2016). Usability and Online Audiological Rehabilitation. American Journal of Audiology, 25, 284–287.

Thorén ES, Öberg M, Wänström G, Andersson G, Lunner T. (2014). A randomized controlled trial evaluating the effects of online rehabilitative intervention for adult hearing-aid users. International Journal of Audiology, 53, 452-61.

Thorén E, Svensson M, Törnqvist A, Andersson G, Carlbring C, Lunner T. (2011). Rehabilitative Online Education versus Internet Discussion Group for Hearing Aid Users: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Am Acad Audiol, 22, 274–285.

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    Study Partners

    Melanie Ferguson, Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit and David Maidment, Nottingham University, UK