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Information retention and overload in first-time hearing aid users: an interactive multimedia educational solution

Ferguson, Melanie A.; Brandreth, Marian; Brassington, William; Wharrad, Heather

Authors

Melanie A. Ferguson melanie.ferguson@nottingham.ac.uk

Marian Brandreth

William Brassington

HEATHER WHARRAD heather.wharrad@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Elearning and Healthinformatics



Abstract

Purpose: An educational intervention to improve knowledge of hearing aids and communication in first-time hearing aid users was assessed. This intervention was based on the concept of reusable learning objects (RLOs).

Method: A randomized controlled trial was conducted. One group received the educational intervention, and the other acted as a control group. RLOs were delivered online and through DVD for television and personal computer. Knowledge of both practical and psychosocial aspects of hearing aids and communication was assessed using a free-recall method 6 weeks postfitting.

Results: Knowledge of both practical and psychosocial issues was significantly higher in the group that received the RLOs than in the control group. Moderate to large effect sizes indicated that these differences were clinically significant.

Conclusion: An educational intervention that supplements clinical practice results in improved knowledge in first-time hearing aid users.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2015
Journal American Journal of Audiology
Print ISSN 1059-0889
Electronic ISSN 1558-9137
Publisher American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
APA6 Citation Ferguson, M. A., Brandreth, M., Brassington, W., & Wharrad, H. (2015). Information retention and overload in first-time hearing aid users: an interactive multimedia educational solution. American Journal of Audiology, 24, https://doi.org/10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0088
DOI https://doi.org/10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0088
Publisher URL http://aja.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2432570
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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