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The aim of this study was to compare elderly individuals who are hearing impaired but inexperienced in using hearing aids (hearing aid non-users; HA-NU) with their aided counterparts (hearing aid users; HA-U) across various auditory and nonauditory measures in order to identify differences that might be associated with the low hearing aid uptake rate. We have drawn data of 72 HA-NU and 139 HA-U with a mild-to-moderate hearing loss, and matched these two groups on the degree of hearing impairment, age, and sex. First, HA-NU and HA-U were compared across 65 auditory, cognitive, health-specific, and socioeconomic test measures as well as measures assessing technology commitment. Second, a logistic regression approach was performed to identify relevant predictors for using hearing aids. Finally, we conducted a sensitivity analysis for the matching approach. Group comparisons indicated that HA-NU perceive their hearing problem as less severe than their aided counterparts. Furthermore, HA-NU showed worse technology commitment and lower socioeconomic status than HA-U. The logistic regression revealed self-reported hearing performance, technology commitment, and the socioeconomic and health status as the most important predictors for using hearing aids.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publiziert mit Hilfe des DFG-geförderten Open Access-Publikationsfonds der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
Uncontrolled Keywords: hearing loss, aging, technologies, socioeconomic status, cognition
Subjects: Philosophy and psychology > Psychology
Science and mathematics > Physics
Technology, medicine, applied sciences > Medicine and health
Divisions: Faculty of Mathematics and Science > Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2019 08:49
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 07:53
URI: https://oops.uni-oldenburg.de/id/eprint/4184
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-42659
DOI: doi:10.1177/2331216518809737

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