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The feasibility of an m-health educational programme (m2Hear) to improve outcomes in first-time hearing aid users

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posted on 09.12.2020, 14:43 by Melanie A. Ferguson, David MaidmentDavid Maidment, Rachel Gomez, Neil Coulson, Heather Wharrad
Objective: To (i) assess the delivery, accessibility, usability, acceptability, and adherence, and (ii) identify suitable outcome measures, for a mobile-enhanced multimedia educational programme (m2Hear) in first-time hearing aid users.
Design: A prospective, single-centre feasibility study. Study sample: First-time hearing aid users (n=59), recruited at their initial hearing assessment. Evaluations were made at 1-week and at 10-12 weeks post-hearing aid fitting.
Results: m2Hear was most commonly accessed via tablets (34.2%). Usability was high for the System Usability Scale (88.5%), and the uMARS, particularly for the Information (M=4.7), and Functionality (M=4.5) and Aesthetics (M=4.2) subscales (maximum score=5). Participant feedback was positive, with a high percent agreeing that m2Hear aided understanding of hearing aids (98%), held their interest (86%), improved confidence to use hearing aids and communicate (84%), and provided additional information to audiologist’s advice (82%). Learnings about practical hearing aid handling/maintenance skills and how to communicate with others were reportedly used equally in participant’s everyday lives. m2Hear was convenient to use, clear, concise and comprehensive. Outcome measures of social participation resulted in large effect sizes (Cohen’s d>1.6).
Conclusions: Co-production of a theoretically driven, personalised educational mhealth intervention is feasible and beneficial for use in the self-management of hearing loss and hearing aids.

Funding

NIHR under its Research for Patient 35 Benefit (RfPB) Program (Grant Reference Number PB-PG-0815-20019)

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Journal of Audiology

Volume

60

Issue

Sup 1

Pages

S30-S41

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© Crown Copyright

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor & Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

11/09/2020

Publication date

2020-11-01

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1499-2027

eISSN

1708-8186

Language

en

Depositor

Dr David Maidment. Deposit date: 15 September 2020