Bridging the Gap Between Hearing Screening and Successful Rehabilitation: Research Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Motivational Interviewing via Internet Purpose Studies point to low help-seeking after a failed hearing screening. This research forum article presents the research protocol for a randomized controlled trial of motivational interviewing via the Internet to promote help-seeking in people who have failed an online hearing screening. Method Adults who fail a Swedish ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   September 01, 2015
Bridging the Gap Between Hearing Screening and Successful Rehabilitation: Research Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Motivational Interviewing via Internet
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Sandra Mikaela Weineland
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Gerhard Andersson
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Thomas Lunner
    Eriksholm Research Centre, Oticon A/S, Snekkersten, Denmark
  • Per Carlbring
    Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Hugo Hesser
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Elisabeth Ingo
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Peter Molander
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Peter Nordqvist
    Forskningsinstitutet Hörselbron, Hörselskadades Riksförbund, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Ariane Laplante-Lévesque
    Linköping University, Sweden
    Eriksholm Research Centre, Oticon A/S, Snekkersten, Denmark
  • 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 Sandra Mikaela Weineland: sandra.weineland@liu.se
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Research Forum: Internet and Audiology
Research Forum   |   September 01, 2015
Bridging the Gap Between Hearing Screening and Successful Rehabilitation: Research Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Motivational Interviewing via Internet
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 302-306. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0012
History: Received January 28, 2015 , Revised March 3, 2015 , Accepted June 16, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 302-306. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0012
History: Received January 28, 2015; Revised March 3, 2015; Accepted June 16, 2015

Purpose Studies point to low help-seeking after a failed hearing screening. This research forum article presents the research protocol for a randomized controlled trial of motivational interviewing via the Internet to promote help-seeking in people who have failed an online hearing screening.

Method Adults who fail a Swedish online hearing screening, including a speech-in-noise recognition test, will be randomized to either an intervention group (participating in motivational interviewing) or an active control group (reading a book on history of hearing aids). Both of the conditions will be delivered via the Internet. The primary outcome is experience with seeking health care and using hearing aids 9 months after the intervention. Secondary outcomes are changes in before and after measures of self-reported hearing difficulties, anxiety, depression, and quality of life. Stages of change and self-efficacy in hearing help-seeking are measured immediately after intervention and at a 9-month follow-up for the purpose of mediation analysis.

Results The results of this randomized controlled trial may help bridge the gap between hearing screening and successful hearing rehabilitation.

Conclusion Although no large instantaneous benefits are expected, a slow change toward healthy behaviors—seeking health care and using hearing aids—would shed light on how to use the Internet to assist people with hearing impairment.

Acknowledgments
This study was funded by Swedish Council for Wealth, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE) Grant 2009-0055, awarded to Gerhard Andersson. A report of the study was presented at the First International Meeting on Internet & Audiology, October 3–4, 2014, Linköping, Sweden.
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