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Experiences of an Internet-based aural rehabilitation (IAR) program for hearing aid users: a qualitative study

Journal article
Authors Milijana Malmberg
Elisabet Sundewall Thorén
Marie Öberg
Thomas Lunner
Gerhard Andersson
Kim R. Kähäri
Published in International Journal of Audiology
Volume 57
Issue 8
Pages 570-576
ISSN 1499-2027
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Health and Rehabilitation
Pages 570-576
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.20...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed...
Keywords Internet interventions; Internet-based aural rehabilitation; Qualitative study; hearing loss; semi-structured interviews
Subject categories Audiology

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Internet interventions for hearing aid (HA) users have been shown to be effective in helping persons with hearing problems. As earlier research refers to objective data on these effects, little is known about how participants experience the Internet interventions subjectively. The aim of the present study was to explore participants' experiences of an Internet-based aural rehabilitation (IAR) program for HA-users, and to explore the possible subjective benefits of such a program. DESIGN: A qualitative exploratory design was implemented involving semi-structured telephone interviews. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using content analysis. STUDY SAMPLE: Interviews were conducted with 20 participants (9 men and 11 women) who had completed an IAR program for HA-users. The participants were 57-81 years old and had used HAs for 2-25 years. RESULTS: The results are organised in three main categories: general experiences associated with participating in the program, knowledge obtained from the program and perceived impact of taking part in the program. CONCLUSIONS: The overall results indicate positive experiences of the IAR program, and an overreaching theme of increased self-esteem was identified. The findings provide some valuable information for developers of future IAR programs.

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