Gabrielle (Gaby) Saunders

Research Area Manager

Hearing aids improve the quality of life of many hearing-impaired people. However, not all people seek help, obtain hearing aids, and achieve optimal outcomes. Research at Eriksholm is being performed with the purpose of proposing solutions to address this situation.

Understanding people with hearing disabilities

For most people, hearing loss occurs in adulthood and increases gradually. Hearing impairment affects communication; thus the person affected and the people with whom they interact will eventually experience the consequences. Understanding these concepts is important in order to identify those who need help the most, and to determine what can be done to address their problems. Research furthers our understanding of hearing disabilities and their bio-psychosocial as well as clinical implications

Clinical encounters

Some hearing-aid fittings are more successful than others. However, very little is known about what happens during fitting appointments to ensure success. Eriksholm intends to close this knowledge gap. Some of our research has examined the effect of varying levels of client involvement in the hearing-aid Dispensing Process on hearing-aid outcomes.

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Expertise and methods

Research under this theme has a highly interdisciplinary nature. For example, expertise in anthropology, audiology, design, engineering, ethnology, health sociology, psychology, and speech pathology has made significant contributions. From randomised controlled trials to systematic reviews - and from qualitative interviews to participant observations – we select the most appropriate research method for each research question.

Tele-audiology looks promising

Simply put, tele-audiology is the use of communication and information technology to provide audiological services at a distance. Tele-audiology has too many potential applications to list, but Eriksholm has focused its tele-audiology research on the rehabilitation of adults with hearing impairment. For example, two randomised controlled trials have revealed that online rehabilitation for hearing-aid users is more effective at addressing remaining hearing disabilities than a placebo.

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    Stages of change in adults who failed an online hearing screening