Factors that Determine Hearing Aid Adoption and Non Adoption: A Systematic Review Public Deposited

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  • February 22, 2019
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  • Mazzola, Heather
    • Affiliation: School of Medicine, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Cannon, Shauntelle
    • Affiliation: School of Medicine, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
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  • Hearing loss is a significant disability that affects many older adults. About 25% of adults aged 65 to 74 and 50% of adults 75 and older have hearing loss (Yueh et al., 2003). Presbycusis, which is defined as age related hearing loss, is most likely to affect this population. This type of hearing loss usually results in progressive, bilateral symmetric hearing loss in the high frequencies. As the aging process continues, presbycusis generally worsens. In this population, we can expect to see reduced sensitivity to sound, reduced clarity in word understanding, and poorer sound localization. Research has consistently shown that hearing loss causes many problems outside of the communication domain. Hearing loss can cause cognitive, social and emotional problems not limited to depression and social withdrawal. The most common treatment for hearing loss is traditional hearing aids. However, despite the far reaching effects hearing loss can cause, only a small number of adults who are hearing aid candidates actually pursue amplification. This research attempts to explore the most prevalent reasons adults identify for not treating their hearing loss with hearing aids.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Department of Allied Health Sciences. Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Student Research Day (8th: 2016: Chapel Hill, NC)
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