Examining four common conceptions about first-time versus experienced users of hearing aids
In the hearing-aid community a number of common conceptions seem to exist about how first-time users behave. There is, however, very little scientific evidence available about these conceptions. When a unique opportunity for collaboration arose – offering access to a constant in-flow of first-time users – we decided to carry out the present study.
A specifically developed questionnaire was sent to 254 clients at the Resource Centre for Special Needs Education in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark. These clients were either First-Time Users (FTU) or Experienced Users (EXPU) of hearing aids, and they had not participated in research projects before. Along with the questionnaire data, a long list of predictor variables was assembled from the client database. These were used to control for any confounding effects in the analysis, for example the fact that EXPU typically have more hearing loss than FTU.