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Motivational engagement in first-time hearing aid users: A feasibility study

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posted on 14.01.2019, 11:27 by Melanie Ferguson, David MaidmentDavid Maidment, Naomi Russell, Melanie Gregory, Richard Nicholson
© 2016 British Society of Audiology, International Society of Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society. Abstract: Objective: To assess (1) the feasibility of incorporating the Ida Institute’s Motivation Tools into a UK audiology service, (2) the potential benefits of motivational engagement in first-time hearing aid users, and (3) predictors of hearing aid and general health outcome measures. Design: A feasibility study using a single-centre, prospective, quasi-randomized controlled design with two arms. The Ida Institute’s Motivation Tools formed the basis for motivational engagement. Study sample: First-time hearing aid users were recruited at the initial hearing assessment appointment. The intervention arm underwent motivational engagement (M+, n = 32), and a control arm (M-, n = 36) received standard care only. Results: The M+ group showed greater self-efficacy, reduced anxiety, and greater engagement with the audiologist at assessment and fitting appointments. However, there were no significant between-group differences 10-weeks post-fitting. Hearing-related communication scores predicted anxiety, and social isolation scores predicted depression for the M+ group. Readiness to address hearing difficulties predicted hearing aid outcomes for the M- group. Hearing sensitivity was not a predictor of outcomes. Conclusions: There were some positive results from motivational engagement early in the patient journey. Future research should consider using qualitative methods to explore whether there are longer-term benefits of motivational engagement in hearing aid users.

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This paper presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Unit Programme.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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International Journal of Audiology

Volume

55

Pages

S23 - S33

Citation

2016. Motivational engagement in first-time hearing aid users: A feasibility study. International Journal of Audiology, 55(Supp 3), pp. S23 - S33.

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© The Authors. Published by Taylor and Francis

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2016

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor and Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

ISSN

1499-2027

eISSN

1708-8186

Language

en