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Evaluation of home-delivered live-voice auditory training for adult hearing aid users involving their communication partners: a randomised controlled trial

Lowe, Stephanie C.; Henshaw, Helen; Wild, Jane; Ferguson, Melanie A.

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Stephanie C. Lowe

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HELEN HENSHAW HELEN.HENSHAW@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
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Jane Wild

Melanie A. Ferguson



Abstract

Objective: To examine the benefits of home-delivered auditory training for adult hearing aid users using live-voice conversations in the presence of a single-talker distractor (experimental group) or in quiet (active-control group). Design: Randomised controlled trial. The experimental group held conversations with their nominated communication partner in the presence of a single-talker distractor set to a challenging level, 30 min/day, 5 days/week over 4 weeks. The active-control group held comparable conversations in quiet. Behavioural outcome measures of speech-in-noise perception, cognition and self-reported hearing difficulties were assessed pre-and post-training. Participant feedback was obtained. Study sample: Thirty-nine hearing aid users (32 males, 7 females, mean age = 73.02 years, SD = 4.71 years) and their communication partners. Results: The experimental group significantly improved and outperformed the active-control group for words-in-noise perception. Both groups achieved improvements in self-reported hearing difficulty while
only the experimental group improved on dual-task. Subjectively, both groups found live-voice conversations beneficial and reported increased concentration and listening skills. Conclusions: Home-delivered live-voice auditory training with communication partners shows potential to improve outcomes for adult hearing aid users, regardless of the presence or absence of a competing speech distractor. Further research is required to assess mechanisms of benefit and distractor effects within carefully controlled experiments.

Citation

Lowe, S. C., Henshaw, H., Wild, J., & Ferguson, M. A. (2023). Evaluation of home-delivered live-voice auditory training for adult hearing aid users involving their communication partners: a randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Audiology, 62(1), 89-99. https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2021.2005834

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 8, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 19, 2022
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Aug 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 20, 2023
Journal International Journal of Audiology
Print ISSN 1499-2027
Electronic ISSN 1708-8186
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 1
Pages 89-99
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2021.2005834
Keywords Speech and Hearing; Linguistics and Language; Language and Linguistics
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/7414806
Publisher URL hhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14992027.2021.2005834

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