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Experiences of hearing aid use among patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease dementia: A qualitative study

Gregory, S; Billings, J; Wilson, D; Livingston, G; Schilder, AG; Costafreda, SG; (2020) Experiences of hearing aid use among patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease dementia: A qualitative study. SAGE Open Medicine , 8 pp. 1-8. 10.1177/2050312120904572. Green open access

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Abstract

Objectives: Hearing aid usage supports communication and independence; however, many do not use their hearing aids. This study explored the experiences of hearing aid use in adults with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease. Methods: Participants completed semi-structured interviews which were analysed using thematic analysis. Ten people (six males, age range 75-86 years old) with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease who had been fitted with hearing aids were recruited to the study. Results: We identified four major themes: (1) memory and other cognitive barriers to using hearing aids, (2) practical aspects of hearing aids, (3) benefits of hearing aids, and (4) ambivalence towards hearing aids. Conclusions: Participants perceived a significant impact of cognitive impairment on the experience of using hearing aids. This population may benefit from targeted strategies to support use of hearing aids. The findings from this study can inform future research to optimise use of hearing aids in this population.

Type: Article
Title: Experiences of hearing aid use among patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease dementia: A qualitative study
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/2050312120904572
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2050312120904572
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 by SAGE Publications Ltd. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).
Keywords: Aging, cognitive impairment, hearing aids, qualitative
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > The Ear Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10093601
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