Looking for people who don't wear their hearing aids

Nikki Roxburgh - 11 September 2014

WANTED: PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WEAR THEIR HEARING AIDS

Little research has been conducted to determine why people do not wear their hearing aids. There is not even a reliable statistic on how many people do not wear their hearing aids in Australia. This is an area of Audiology that I am particularly interested in and as a result, I will be conducting a research study over the next two years.

LOOKING FOR PARTICIPANTS FOR STUDY: WHY PEOPLE DO NOT WEAR THEIR HEARING AIDS

In order to participate, someone must be over the age of 27 years and wear their hearing aids less than 3 hours a day or not at all.

The participant will be required to come to Acute Hearing to meet with me (free of charge) and complete a 5 minute questionnaire. I will look at their hearing aids, how they are programmed and then have a discussion with the participant regarding their experience with them. In return for the participants time I will provide a free hearing aid adjustment.

The research study results will be anonymous. The results may be published in Audiological journals and other relevant literature and will be used by Acute Hearing to improve our services.

If the participant is receiving hearing services as part of the Office of Hearing Service voucher scheme, that is, they are a Pensioner or Veteran and see another Audiologist; they are still allowed to participate in the study. I will not, however, be able to adjust their hearing aids without the participant providing permission for me to become their future hearing provider.

I would appreciate it if you could spread the word and let me know if you or of any friends or family would be willing to participate or have them contact us on 8599 1600.

James Roxburgh
Head Audiologist