What Are the Benefits of Newly Developed Medical Devices When the User Does not Use Them? – An Investigation of Hearing Aid Use
Current prognosis raises expectations of an aging of the working population. Hence, dealing with age-related impairments of sensory functions becomes more and more important for the future working world. While vision-related impairments are often corrected, the same is, unfortunately, not true for hearing impairment. This results in the situation, that people with hearing impairments often do not own a hearing aid. Furthermore, even if a person owns a hearing aid, it appears that the hearing aid is not used regularly. Interviews with 18 hearing aid users were conducted to identify barriers to purchase a hearing aid as well as barriers of hearing aid use in their daily (working) life.
KeywordsHearing aid use Hearing impairment Interviews
The author would like to thank Julia Engelbrecht, Claudia Gruber and Simon Streit for their support in conducting the interviews, and all participants who participated.
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