Computer and internet interventions to optimize listening and learning for people with hearing loss: accessibility, use, and adherence

Ferguson, Melanie A. and Henshaw, Helen (2015) Computer and internet interventions to optimize listening and learning for people with hearing loss: accessibility, use, and adherence. American Journal of Audiology, 24 . pp. 338-343. ISSN 1558-9137

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this research forum article was to examine accessibility, use, and adherence to computerized and online interventions for people with hearing loss. Method: Four intervention studies of people with hearing loss were examined: 2 auditory training studies, 1 working memory training study, and 1 study of multimedia educational support.

Results: A small proportion (approximately 15%) of participants had never used a computer, which may be a barrier to the accessibility of computer and Internet based interventions. Computer competence was not a factor in intervention use or adherence. Computer skills and Internet access influenced participant preference for the delivery method of the multimedia educational support program.

Conclusions: It is important to be aware of current barriers to computer and Internet-delivered interventions for people with hearing loss. However, there is a clear need to develop and future-proof hearing-related applications for online delivery.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0090
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2016 11:30
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2016 03:54
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39408

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