Joseph Etienne

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DeWayne Mitchell, Stephen Schnacke, James Naas


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Degree Program

Educational Leadership

Degree Type

Education Specialist


Geriatric hearing aid users are not always satisfied with their ability to hear and understand while using their hearing aids. The purpose of this study was to investigate factors which may affect the ability of an individual, 62 years of age and older, to use amplification. Results of correlation and group difference statistical analyses, this study indicated which social, emotional adjustment, and perceptual factors tend to influence the potentially successful hearing aid user.

Results indicated that successful hearing aid users consistently wear their hearing aids in a variety of quiet and noisy listening situations, while dissatisfied users tend to limit use of their hearing aids to in-home use. Additionally, dissatisfied users tend to allow external factors to influence their decision making. These findings lead the practicing audiologist to question where the motivation lies for the individual considering amplification.

Utilizing results from this study, specific suggestions are given. These suggestions can be used by hearing health professionals to help these individuals adjust to amplification more readily or help them determine that amplification is not an immediate necessity.


Communication Sciences and Disorders | Education | Speech and Hearing Science