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Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the Social Isolation Measure (SIM) in adults with hearing loss (2019)
Journal Article
Heffernan, E., Habib, A., & Ferguson, M. (2019). Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the Social Isolation Measure (SIM) in adults with hearing loss. International Journal of Audiology, 58(1), 45-52. doi:10.1080/14992027.2018.1533257

This study aimed to evaluate the psychometric properties of a brief, hearing-specific outcome measure: the Social Isolation Measure (SIM). In Phase 1, adults with hearing loss were invited to complete an online survey that contained the SIM, a hearin... Read More

Clinical evidence synopsis: hearing aids and health-related quality of life in adults with hearing loss (2018)
Journal Article
Kitterick, P. T., & Ferguson, M. A. (2018). Clinical evidence synopsis: hearing aids and health-related quality of life in adults with hearing loss. Journal of the American Medical Association, 319(21), doi:10.1001/jama.2018.5567. ISSN 0098-7484

Clinical Question Are hearing aids associated with improved health-related quality of life in adults with mild to moderate hearing loss? Bottom Line Compared with no hearing aids, the provision of hearing aids was associated with improveme... Read More

Development of a multimedia educational programme for first-time hearing aid users: a participatory design (2018)
Journal Article
Ferguson, M. A., Leighton, P., Brandreth, M., & Wharrad, H. (in press). Development of a multimedia educational programme for first-time hearing aid users: a participatory design. International Journal of Audiology, doi:10.1080/14992027.2018.1457803. ISSN 1499-2027

Objective: To develop content for a series of interactive video tutorials (or reusable learning objects, RLOs) for first-time adult hearing aid users, to enhance knowledge of hearing aids and communication. Design: RLO content was based on an elect... Read More

Cochrane Corner: Hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss in adults (2018)
Journal Article
Brennan-Jones, C. G., Weeda, E., & Ferguson, M. A. (in press). Cochrane Corner: Hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss in adults. International Journal of Audiology, doi:10.1080/14992027.2018.1432903. ISSN 1499-2027

This Cochrane Corner features the review entitled “Hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss in adults” published in 2017. In their review, Ferguson et al. identified five randomised controlled trials (RCTs) involving 825 participants, with mode... Read More

Hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss in adults (2017)
Journal Article
Ferguson, M. A., Kitterick, P. T., Chong, L. Y., Edmondson-Jones, M., Barker, F., & Hoare, D. J. (2017). Hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 9, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD012023.pub2

Background The main clinical intervention for mild to moderate hearing loss is the provision of hearing aids. These are routinely offered and fitted to those who seek help for hearing difficulties. By amplifying and improving access to sounds, and s... Read More

The effectiveness of alternative listening devices to conventional hearing aids for adults with hearing loss: a systematic review protocol (2016)
Journal Article
systematic review protocol. BMJ Open, 6, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011683. ISSN 2044-6055

Introduction Hearing loss is a major public health concern, affecting over 11 million people in the UK. While hearing aids are the most common clinical intervention for hearing loss, the majority of people that would benefit from using hearing aids d... Read More

Internet competency predicts practical hearing aid knowledge and skills in first-time hearing aid users (2016)
Journal Article
Maidment, D. W., Brassington, W., Wharrad, H., & Ferguson, M. A. (2016). Internet competency predicts practical hearing aid knowledge and skills in first-time hearing aid users. American Journal of Audiology, 25(3S), doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0022

Purpose. The purpose of the study was to assess whether Internet competency predicted practical hearing aid knowledge and handling skills in first-time hearing aid users. Method. The design was a prospective, randomized controlled trial of a multi... Read More

Heritability of non-speech auditory processing skills (2016)
Journal Article
Brewer, C. C., Zalewski, C. K., King, K. A., Zobay, O., Riley, A., Ferguson, M. A., …Moore, D. R. (2016). Heritability of non-speech auditory processing skills. European Journal of Human Genetics, 24(8), doi:10.1038/ejhg.2015.277. ISSN 1018-4813

Recent insight into the genetic bases for autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, stuttering, and language disorders suggest that neurogenetic approaches may also reveal at least one etiology of auditory processing disorder (APD). A person with an APD ty... Read More

The impact of self-efficacy, expectations, and readiness on hearing aid outcomes (2016)
Journal Article
Ferguson, M. A., Woolley, A., & Munro, K. J. (in press). The impact of self-efficacy, expectations, and readiness on hearing aid outcomes. International Journal of Audiology, 55(sup3), doi:10.1080/14992027.2016.1177214. ISSN 1499-2027

Objective: To examine the impact of self-efficacy and expectations for hearing aids, and readiness to improve hearing, on hearing aid outcome measures in first-time adult hearing aid users Design: A prospective, single centre design. Predictor variab... Read More

Only behavioral but not self-report measures of speech perception correlate with cognitive abilities (2016)
Journal Article
Heinrich, A., Henshaw, H., & Ferguson, M. A. (2016). Only behavioral but not self-report measures of speech perception correlate with cognitive abilities. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00576. ISSN 1664-1078

Good speech perception and communication skills in everyday life are crucial for participation and well-being, and are therefore an overarching aim of auditory rehabilitation. Both behavioral and self-report measures can be used to assess these skill... Read More

Applying theories of health behaviour and change to hearing health research: time for a new approach (2016)
Journal Article
Coulson, N. S., Ferguson, M. A., Henshaw, H., & Heffernan, E. (in press). Applying theories of health behaviour and change to hearing health research: time for a new approach. International Journal of Audiology, 55(sup3), doi:10.3109/14992027.2016.1161851

Objective: In recent years, there has been an increase in the application of behavioural models, such as social cognition models, to the promotion of hearing health. Despite this, there exists a well-developed body of literature that suggests such m... Read More

A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the benefits of a multimedia educational program for first-time hearing aid users (2016)
Journal Article
Ferguson, M. A., Brandreth, M., Brassington, W., Leighton, P., & Wharrad, H. (2016). A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the benefits of a multimedia educational program for first-time hearing aid users. Ear and Hearing, 37(2), doi:10.1097/AUD.0000000000000237. ISSN 0196-0202

Objectives: The aims of this study were to (1) develop a series of short interactive videos (or reusable learning objects [RLOs]) covering a broad range of practical and psychosocial issues relevant to the auditory rehabilitation for first-time heari... Read More