Internet Interventions for Hearing Loss Purpose The purpose of the two studies presented in this research forum article was to develop audiological rehabilitation programs for experienced hearing aid users and evaluate them in online versions. In this research forum article, the differences between the two studies are discussed. Method Two randomized controlled trials ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   September 01, 2015
Internet Interventions for Hearing Loss
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Elisabet Sundewall Thorén
    Eriksholm Research Centre, Oticon A/S, Snekkersten, Denmark
  • Marie Öberg
    Hearing Clinic, County Council of Östergötland, Linköping, Sweden
    Linköping University, Sweden
    The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Gerhard Andersson
    Linköping University, Sweden
    The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linköping University, Sweden
    Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Thomas Lunner
    Eriksholm Research Centre, Oticon A/S, Snekkersten, Denmark
    Linköping University, Sweden
    The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Elisabet Sundewall Thorén: elsa@eriksholm.com
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Research Forum: Internet and Audiology
Research Forum   |   September 01, 2015
Internet Interventions for Hearing Loss
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 316-319. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0009
History: Received January 16, 2015 , Revised May 12, 2015 , Accepted May 17, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 316-319. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0009
History: Received January 16, 2015; Revised May 12, 2015; Accepted May 17, 2015
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Purpose The purpose of the two studies presented in this research forum article was to develop audiological rehabilitation programs for experienced hearing aid users and evaluate them in online versions. In this research forum article, the differences between the two studies are discussed.

Method Two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were performed evaluating the efficacy of online rehabilitation, including professional guidance by an audiologist. In each RCT, the effects of the online programs were compared with the effects measured in a control group.

Results The results from the first RCT showed a significant increase in activity and participation for both groups with participants in the intervention group improving more than those in the control group. At the 6-month follow-up, after the study, the significant increase was maintained; however, amounts of increase in the two groups were no longer significantly different. The results from the second RCT showed significant increase in activity and participation for the intervention group, although the control group did not improve.

Conclusions The results from the RCTs provide evidence that the Internet can be used to deliver rehabilitation to hearing-aid users and that their problems are reduced by the intervention; however, the content of the online rehabilitation program requires further investigation.

Acknowledgments
This work was presented in October 2014 at the first International Meeting on Internet & Audiology in Linköping, Sweden. Thanks to Gunilla Wänström for valuable clinical help and Alexander Alasjö for help regarding the website. The two RCT studies were part of a PhD project sponsored by the Oticon Foundation, and sponsored in part by a program grant from the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE) and the Swedish Hard of Hearing Association (HRF).
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